In January 2016, Uganda Local Government Association (ULGA) and B-Space limited with support from MVO CSR Netherland and Wakiso District Local Government presented the results and outcomes from a series of weeks of Stakeholder workshops, co-creation sessions and meetings (in Kajjansi and Kampala) on the Kajjansi Junction Project. The Kajjansi Junction Project is part of the Twenty One project which aims to empower to enable cities to mobilise urban resources, people’s creativity and the innovative potential of enterprises in solving complex urban challenges
Once funding is secured and implementation begins, the project aims to reveal unexpected powerful solutions which will benefit the local businesses and community in general. One of the ways is by looking at how waste from different businesses e.g with in the market and organizations in the area can be re-used and how bottlenecks can be solved for the local economy to thrive.The Kajjansi Junction project aims to bring the Kajjansi business community together.
The preliminary key findings that were presented on the Kajjansi Junction Project at the workshop were:
Solar solutions which are easy to implement would solve the power problem in Kajjansi market especially. At the time of the workshop, the first scouting visit has been made and initial contact made with relevant solar power solution providers like Solar NOW Limited. However questions like Are Solar Suppliers able to provide the individuals vendors with a good reliable system? Reasonable pay back time? Reduction in electricity charges? are yet to be answered.
National Fisheries Resource Research Institute(NAFFIRRI) as anchor tenant on water treatment and biogas.Due to Urban pressure, Nafirri has a challenge of getting sufficient clean water of good quality as the two streams passing through their land are dwindling and more waste is being dumped into the streams. In addition energy supply is an issue due to the continuous power disruptions. Kajjansi market has a drainage problem too and possible solutions would be to have a water treatment and biogas facility installed at NAFFIRRI, the hill above Kajjansi could have a drainage towards NAFFIRRI or NAFFIRRI could become as anchor tenant on water treatment and biogas.
Kajjansi as Pilot Wholesale Project:Most major Ugandan suppliers source their fruits and vegetables
from South Africa.The Wholesale system in Uganda is inefficient and informal with many middle men and limited information in regards to specification, supply , demand and other key elements for trade. Could Kajjansi market take on part of the wholesale function ? Can Kajjansi market assure supply of high quality products on a regular consistent supply?
Hospitals as engine for growth in the area:There are three major health service providers in the area: Mildmay Hospital,CoRSU and SAS clinic.Potential opportunities to be investigated include: how the local health providers can develop mutual referrals and therefor strengthen each other and how the three health service providers can jointly execute procurement for economies of scale (e.g. IT, food, sterile materials, medicine) such that therapy loyalty can be improved through cooperation with local business and Kajjansi market hence providing employment and/or social inclusiveness
Interest of potential supplying markets as well as logistical service providers and NGO’s improving farmers wealth. Already there are positive reactions from customers and a coalition of partners is forming with: ULGA, Goal, Equate, FIT Uganda, CSR Netherlands, Agriprofocus and BSpace
Speaking at the workshop which was held at Royal Suites Bugolobi on January 22nd 2016, Wakiso District Chief Administrative Officer informed the participants that starting July 2016, Kajjansi will become part of the bigger town council which is mandated to afford more fucntions hence the urban authority will be able to do more interms of developing the Kajjansi area. The workshop brought together the project beneficiaries including local businesses from Kajjansi and the surrounding areas, local Government/district representatives including the CAO Wakiso, Dutch experts from B-Space, DASUDA, Originate, Move Mobility, BKVV, the press, observers and potentially interested organizations.
In a bid to promote one of its Strategic Objectives which is to promote Local Economic Development, ULGA has entered into a partnership arrangement with MVO Netherlands through it’s TwentyOne project and its local implementing agent, BSPACE to a) contribute to the development of Inclusive and circular sustainable solutions on complex issues around urbanization, b) support proposal writing, fund raising, implementation and promotion of projects focused on urbanization issues, c) collaborate on a project in and around Kajjansi daily market that involves development of the market area and d) support and co-operate in areas of local government capacity building, Local Economic Development and Urban Development that include organization and institutional development.
However only with proper planning and co-operation will the Kajjansi community benefit from the planned new junction. So far with the help of the Ugandan Local Government Association and BSpace, co-operation has developed between the District Local Government and Businesses as a result of this project. For sustainable solutions, the Kajjansi junction project is based on three concepts:
- Circular = How can the waste of one business benefit another business?
- Spatial Design = How can the design of an area improve the interaction in the area and eliminate problems in the Kajjansi area
- Inclusive Business= how do low income earners in Kajjansi benefit from existing and upcoming businesses as a result of anticipated development in the area?