Report of the Kajjansi Junction Project

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In Kampala, Uganda, we are working with various stakeholders on an integral spatial strategy for a market area, named Kajjansi. We also look at inclusive and circular business opportunities for its surrounding communities, SME’s and businesses. This report explains the various aspects and aims of the Kajjansi Junction Project.

Aim of the project

The aim of the Kajjansi Junction Project is to develop various themes for an integral spatial development strategy with inclusive, circular business opportunities for the Kajjansi market area, including Kajjansi junction and its surrounding communities, SME's and businesses.

Objective

The objectives of the project were defined as:
A. To have fundable interventions based on a spatial development viewpoint
B. To have a clear insight in and understanding of the different urban and architectural aspects around Kajjansi market that will create a sustainable future for the Kajjansi junction. The project is considered as a first step in a number of interventions that enable a phased operationalization of an integrated spatial development strategy.

Summary of the process

In November the core team undertook field visits and a variety of meetings with stakeholders, ranging from vendors at the market and local businesses to local and national government organizations. In this week the potential of the area from a spatial, mobility and inclusive business perspective was made tangible and three preliminary scenarios were developed for further research.

Stakeholder meetings and method

In the following months, the Ugandan organizations of the core team visited a wide variety of stakeholders. Meetings were convened to discuss the aim and process of the ‘ pressure cooker’ week in January and to make an inventory of interests and thoughts about the future of Kajjansi area. In January 2016 a variety of stakeholder meetings took place focusing on spatial, mobility and inclusive business qualities, constraints and opportunities. In total over 30 organizations have actively contributed to the three development scenarios described in this report. Their input was crucial for the outcome, as well as for future steps and was highly appreciated.

Exploration of growth themes

During the last months five different growth themes for the Kajjansi market were explored and further elaborated with all stakeholders involved:

1) Zero intervention: what will happen to the area if we do not undertake any action
2) The Kajjansi market itself: opportunities for upgrading the market
3) Inclusive & circular business opportunities in and around Kajjansi market
4) The Kajjansi market and mobility
5) The Kajjansi junction strategy: developing a detailed strategy and roadmap to become the  second economic node of Kampala Capital City.

Each theme added another element to the challenges that the junction is facing. By carefully studying all these elements, the participants of the workshop gained a thorough understanding of the interrelated spatial, economic, environmental and social challenges of the area.

Report and next steps

In this report more information can be found about the Kajjansi Junction Project; starting with the dream, process, methodology, interactions and formulation of next steps.

Gertrude Rose Gamwera, Secretary General of the Ugandan Local Government Association about the report: “I am pleased to present this report to you, because it represents the implementation power and interaction between experts, government involvement, local and international stakeholders that is needed to tackle the issues at hand. We look forward to your involvement in the next step; to materialize the dreams expressed during the workshops and as expressed here in this report”.

Kajjansi_Report_March_2017.pdf
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Written by Rosalie de Bruijn on 07-04-16

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