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Resilient Communities: Impact Stories

Improving Infrastructure in Uganda

Improving Infrastructure in Uganda: Slum Women’s Initiative for Development

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Led by grassroots communities, the Slum Women’s Initiatives for Development (SWID) is committed to building resilience and security in food, health infrastructure and land tenure for marginalized groups. These commitments have influenced several initiatives that have successfully expanded resilience in informal settlements.

  • SWID’s ongoing partnerships with local governments and land administration officials to secure land titles are key to reducing women’s vulnerability to food and livelihoods insecurity.

For instance, SWID’s food security initiative, in which women negotiated with landowners and local governments to build demonstration gardens for other women to learn about cultivating higher yield fruits and vegetables. Through these negotiations for land and extension training services, women increased their family food security and modified extension services to accommodate their needs and interests. Another example is the effort to reduce the impacts of urban flooding in Jinja municipality, where women worked together to promote hygienic practices, improve household solid waste management and dispose of polythene bags to prevent drains from clogging. The women also encouraged Jinja Municipality to deliver on its commitment to the UNISDR’s Resilient Cities Campaign, paving the way for local officials to make infrastructure improvements in the informal settlements. Finally, SWID’s ongoing partnerships with local governments and land administration officials to secure land titles are key to reducing women’s vulnerability to food and livelihoods insecurity. A broad, multi-stakeholder partnership convinced the District Land Board in Walukuba-Masese Division to create new land titling mechanisms for women, with the dual benefits of reducing their vulnerabilities and boosting governmental accountability and transparency.