Investments in the Kampala-Jinja corridor
The Kampala – Jinja Corridor is part of the East African Northern Corridor and is the most important trade route for landlocked countries in the East African Community. It links South Sudan, Rwanda and the Eastern part of the DRC through Uganda to Kenya and Mombasa port at the shores of the Indian Ocean. As a part of this trade route, the 72-kilometre road between Kampala and Jinja is the busiest road in Uganda. The surrounding districts of Kampala, Wakiso, Mukono, Buikwe, Jinja and Mayuga have hosted large-scale investments in agriculture and forestry for decades because of its fertile soils and proximity to the capital of Kampala.
For the Learning Platform, six communities within the Jinja-Kampala corridor have been selected for in-depth local research on the impact of several investments and their activities on local livelihoods. The investments participating in the Platform include Kakira Sugar Ltd., Mayuge Sugar Ltd. and Busoga Forestry Company. The surrounding communities and respondents for in-depth field research were selected to include a diverse range of localities (neighboring the different types of investments) and population groups (men and women, age groups etc.) Findings from the research will be available soon!
First platform meeting
The Learning Platform in Uganda took place on Thursday 21st of September and Friday 22nd of September 2017 in Jinja, Uganda and was attended by 21 participants: 4 from private companies 7 from communities surrounding the investments, 3 from civil society organizations with projects in the area, 5 government officials, and 2 researchers . The programme was spread over two days: the first day focused on introductions, emerging issues from the research , challenges and questions. The second day focused on identifying a common agenda, exploring possible solutions and ideas for future implementation, and concretizing next steps for implementation. More on the outcomes of the platform meetings will follow soon!
A follow-up meeting takes place in November, at which the same participants will reflect on new developments. The SVF team will re-visit the communities part of the Learning Platform to conduct a number of focus group discussions.