UG15 Greening Uganda’s Urbanization and Industrialization

At a Glance

Strategic Outcomes
Start Date Q1  July 2020
End Date q1 July 2023
Funding Source Earmarked
Actual Budget (USD) 5,532,179
Budget Percentage 27%
Actual Expenditure (USD) 1500000
Status Active
GGGI Share (USD)
Poverty and Gender Policy Markers poverty, gender
Name of Client (Lead/Prime implementer if GGGI is part of a consortium) Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, National Planning Authority, Kampala Capital City Authority
Participating Organization (Funding/donor) European Union
Name of consortium members, if any
Thematic Area
  • Green Cities
  • Green Buildings and Industry
  • Gender and Inclusive Development
  • Waste
  • Climate Resilient and Green Growth
GGGI Project Code : UG15
Project Manager and Staff +
Dagmar Zwebe

Country Representative, Uganda

Ronald McGill

Project Lead, Greening Uganda's Urbanization and Industrialization

Mariah Kizza

Associate, Finance and Administration/ Communication

Global Green Growth Institute

George Asiimwe

Senior Officer - Senior Urban Specialist

Phillip Muwanika

Senior Officer-Green Investment- Private Sector Support.

Vanessa Namayanja

Communication and Media Development officer

Global Green Growth Institute

Project Description

The European Union (EU) represented by the European Commission in Uganda and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) are in cooperation  to advance the Greening Uganda’s Urbanization and Industrialization agenda. This project is part of the European Union’s Inclusive Green Economy Uptake Programme (GreenUP) financed under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) and will be implemented for a 36 months period with a total cost estimated of just under EUR 5mln.

The project aims to promote sustainable development and inclusive Green Growth in Uganda by focusing on green city development, green industrialization, efficient waste management and Green Growth Integration into planning and budgeting. This is to ensure that Uganda is achieving maximum benefits from a Green Growth pathway.

The primary programmatic solution(s) 1. Green Investment2. Climate Action whereas the secondary programmatic solution(s) 6. Waste Management7. Sustainable Mobility8. Green Buildings9. Solar PV10. Green Industries.

The overall objective of the GreenUp action is to contribute to the Ugandan transition toward an inclusive, green and competitive low carbon economy with the creation of decent green jobs. Within the framework of this intervention this Project has been designed to support the Government of Uganda (GOU) with their National Development Plan III (NDPIII) commitments for 2020/21-2024/25, and the long term commitments as expressed in the Uganda Green Growth Development Strategy (UGGDS) and Uganda’s Vision 2040.

It will directly contribute to greener growth paths to becoming a middle-income country, through the acceleration of investments in green growth pathways.


Project Impact

The project impact objective is: “Uganda achieves strong, inclusive and sustainable economic growth”, GGGI measures this through its Strategic Objective Indicators (S0Is):  1) GHG emission reduction, 2) creation of green jobs, 3) increased access to sustainable services, 4) improved air quality, and 5) enhanced adaptation to climate change. This will be delivered through a set of outputs and supporting activities all aimed at the acceleration of green investment (public and private) in Uganda.

The Uganda Vision 2040 specifically highlights industrialization and urbanization as key focal are as it envisions that 60% of Ugandans will live in urban areas by 2040 and therefore, actions of designing, servicing and attracting investments into greening secondary cities will help Uganda to benefit from the economic and social dividends that come with urbanization.

Project Outcomes

Outcome 1:Green City Development is pursued and demonstrated in four (4) secondary Cities of  Arua, Gulu, Jinja and Mbarara.
Outcome 2: Outcome 2: Green Industrialization is pursued and demonstrated at four (4) locations of Gulu, Entebbe, Pakwach and Soroti.
Outcome 3: Efficient and effective waste management is pursued and demonstrated.
Outcome 4: Green Growth integrated into the National Development
Plan’s planning and budgeting.

Project Results

Results under Outcome 1:

The National Building Code incorporates green building standards

Green Growth is mainstreamed in the Masterplans for four (4) Secondary Cities.

Infrastructure Investment Plans for four (4) Secondary City are finalized

A knowledge and engagement platform established by Makerere University


Results under Outcome 2:  

National Green Industrial Business Parks (IBP) and Free-Zones (FZ) Policy Guidelines are finalized

National Low Carbon Industrialization Strategy 2020-2040 is finalized

Green Growth is mainstreamed in the Masterplans for four (4) selected IBPs and/or FZs

Infrastructure Investment Plans for four (4) IBP and/or FZ is finalized including Emission Reduction potentials


Results under outcome 3: 

GKMA Waste Management Strategy Developed

Two waste sorting and diversion centers designed for the GKMA

Organic Waste Valorization Opportunities identified including Fecal Sludge Value Chain Solutions in Urban Centers

Investment opportunities for oil/petroleum waste and e-waste products identified

Business Development Support for waste management value chain actors/SMEs is provided.


Results under outcome 4: 

The Uganda Green Growth Development Strategy (UGGDS) communication strategy implemented

A “Green Growth integration and tracking in planning and budgeting” checklist developed.