Project Description

The  Kajjansi Junction programme is  a multi-annual initiative that aims to develop a fast growing urban area in Uganda in such a way, that it creates value for the local businesses and communities and at the same time reduces the environmental footprint of the area .It  also aims to demonstrate :how African cities can adopt a more inclusive and circular development model  and  how Netherlands Inc. can contribute to this with their   “Sustainable Urban delta “ approach (part of Holland branding).


An aerial view of the Kajjansi  area

Preparations for this programme started already in October 2015, when the Ugandan Local Government Association (ULGA), the umbrella organisation of all local governments in Uganda, requested a team of CSR Netherlands to support them in gaining insight in sustainable urban development models that benefit people, environment and local economy.

To further explore these new urban models, a pilot area was selected ( Kajjansi) and a joint Ugandan and dutch expert team was put together consisting of: ULGA ,  DASUdA (facility and process support), TwentyOne, Netherlands for Netherlands Urban, spatial and mobility expertise  , Sustainable value creation, multistakeholder management and overall process management.

The preparation stage of the programme was highly participatory, with the relevant stakeholders fully involved in the process of project identification. Two missions took place in 2015 and another two in the first half of 2016 to set the main outline for the programme and gain commitment from the most relevant public and private stakeholders.


Kajjansi is a town in Central Uganda. It is one of the urban centers in Wakiso district and part of the wider influences of the emerging metropolis of Kampala. The Kajjansi area is not only about well known because of its regional market, the area holds many different large industries, institutions, housing estates and companies. The Junction currently being built at Kajjansi, connecting Entebbe-Kampala Road to the Southern bypass and Entebbe Expressway created a major change and opportunity in the area. In conjunction with the planned bus Rapid Transport System with its endpoint at Kajjansi and the recent status upgrade from a village to a town is a promising perspective for Kajjansi,

At the moment the energy, waste, drainage and water issues in the area, combined with the major infrastructural, spatial and mobility interventions in the close vicinity of the market and the presence of a variety of local businesses, can become a huge challenge. However, it can also present a great opportunity to develop Kajjansi in a sustainable, circular and inclusive way, so that the area can become a growing economic engine for the community and potentially develop into the second metropolitan node of the Kampala region. This requires an integrated spatial strategy and a highly skilled and experienced team that oversees each component of the strategy

The Kajjansi Junction Programme aims at developing this fast growing urban area in Uganda in such a way, that it creates value for the local businesses and communities and at the same time reduces the environmental footprint of the area. In order to achieve this ambitious goal, the programme aims for the following three interrelated objectives:

  1. To develop an integral Structural Spatial development framework leading to:
    • An agenda for a ‘National’ plan Smart moving City with mobility conditions and measures for road safety, capacity and liveability agreed with authorities to enable structural interventions in the traffic system of the gazetted area.
    • A Structural Spatial development framework (SSdf) Agreement for the gazetted area with all governmental bodies, and involvement of a wide range of stakeholders from the area during the planning process.
    • An agreed implementation plan for the urban boulevard pilot within the gazetted area.
    • Realized projects of a regenerated market and/or spatial measures for entrepreneurs’ demands identified during the process of establishing sustainable inclusive business plans.
  2. The establishment of a gazetted living lab where spatial and economic projects and business initiatives are piloted and showcased:
    • Agreed gazetted area.
    • Clear brand and identity of the area and its people: “made by Kajjansi” or “the Kajjansi way”.
    • Agreed and realised circular and inclusive business solutions in the area of food logistics, solar energy, waste & water and health.
    • Skilled young entrepreneurs that have the ability and skills to engage into and/or service the new sustainable business solutions.
  3. A skilled steering committee in general and local government councils in particular, who
    • have the ability and willingness to create a facilitating environment for the living lab area.
    • have the ability and willingness to adopt an integrated decision making and planning process.
    • have a learning attitude.
    • aggregate lessons learned from the living lab and integrate these in their own core business and working processes. This creates the right conditions for replication and scaling of the pilots.

Steering commitee

The Steering Commitee

As mentioned before, the formulation of the Kajjansi Junction Programme was largely participatory, with relevantstakeholders fully involved in the process of project identification through design. Especially at the government side a careful selection was made of those agencies that manage the area and/or decide upon interventions that affect the area.

Under the guidance of ULGA various bilateral and collective discussions and negotiations took place to involve all relevant stakeholders. during the mission weeks in October and december 2016 involvement and commitment of the relevant stakeholders was formalised through the formation of a steering committee.

Ownership of the project

The steering committee will be responsible for the establishment, alignment and strategic oversight of the Kajjansi Junction Programme. This requires a mindset shift from a traditional programme management approach to an integrated decision making & planning approach. As mentioned in the previous chapters, the Structural Spatial development framework Agreement is the framework for approval and alignment of the public and private projects and initiatives following in the coming period in Kajjansi.

In order to secure the possibilities of inclusive sustainable development at each scale and sector in the Kajjansi area in the coming years, the agreement with all governmental bodies on the conditions of a structural spatial plan that serves as the development framework is essential. This will set the limits, but also inspire to set the right course toward guiding principles for business development, building activities, land use and use of public space.

Ugandan Local government Association is to chair the Steering Committee. Other members of the committee are the Ministry of Local Governments, Ministry of Works, Wakiso district Authorities (vice chair) , Makindye Sabagabo municipality, Kajjansi Town Council , Kajjansi vendors Association, Representative of Project developers, Twenty One as process & business advisors and Dasuda as Technical advisors. The Steering Committee is able to co-opt a member as may be agreed.