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Title:The Impact of Macro-Adjustment Programmes on Housing Investment in Kampala City, Uganda: Shelter Implications for the Urban Poor
Author:Nuwagaba, Augustus
Periodical:Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review (ISSN 1027-1775)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Uganda
East Africa
Subjects:urban housing
housing policy
Economics and Trade
Development and Technology
Urbanization and Migration
Economics, Commerce
Structural adjustment programmes
urban areas
Kampala (Uganda)
Social implications
Abstract:The causes of the urban housing problem in Uganda are rooted in the country's turbulent history, inhibitive land tenure system, haphazard urbanization, and phenomenal demographic dynamics. Since the early 1980s, efforts to bring the economy back on the development track through adjustment programmes have undermined the housing sector in general and urban shelter for the poor in particular. Indeed, macroadjustment programmes (MAPs) in Uganda have, amongst others, fuelled rural-urban migration, reduced income opportunities, swollen the ranks of the urban poor, and devastated living standards. While past upheavals, uncontrolled edaphic and explosive demographic dynamics sowed the seeds of the current shelter problem, the orthodox structural adjustment programme (SAP) methodology has further undermined the housing sector, thereby aggravating the shelter problem. The main challenge is to achieve adjustment with credible transformation and without undue pressure on the fundamentals of people's welfare, such as shelter. Bibliogr., sum.