Africa is Urbanizing rapidly. Today, Kampala city has a population of over 3 million people and accounts for over 60% of Uganda's GDP. The city is currently experiencing a high rate of urbanization averaging 5.6% per year. As is the case in several postcolonial African cities, the original urban plan and infrastructure, which did not progress beyond the colonial era due to the subsequent period of instability, is not able to sustain the growing number of people inhabiting the city today. For example, there is currently a shortage of affordable housing; according the Kampala City Council Authority, slums account for over 50% of the city's housing stock.
The research examines urban development in Kampala and asks the question ‘What is the African City’, exploring spatial, social and economic networks specific to Kampala. Current research often describes the African City as complex, representing both challenges and opportunities. What is evident is that African cities are growing and changing in ways that are yet to be defined.
View of downtown from Tank Hill
Typical Street: Formal
Typical Street: Informal
Traffic: Selling in the street