Achieving a green Economy
British High Commission
The UK-UGANDA green growth project aims to increase opportunities for increased collaboration between the UK and Uganda across five key themes: climate finance, agribusiness, clean energy, clean infrastructure, and urban planning which is in line with Uganda's green growth development strategy and vision 2040 aspiring to transform Uganda from a peasant to a modern and prosperous country.
We were assigned to document a project under each of the themes mentioned above showcasing experiences and knowledge on how Uganda can benefit from climate-smart economic growth.
1. Clean Energy
The future is green. Innovation is key to developing the green technologies needed to tackle the climate change challenge the world currently faces. Through the development of clean energy comes the innovation of smart green businesses and smart green living. The UK aims to accelerate the commercialization of innovative clean energy technologies and ease adoption in business communities and day-to-day people activities.
Nyamugasani Hydropower projects
The Nyamagasani hydropower plants utilize the hydropower potential of the river Nyamagasani as it drops 330m in a series of rapids, near the village of Kyarumba in the foothills of the Rwenzori mountains in Western Uganda. The project is connected to the Ugandan national grid with a contribution of about 21 megawatts.
2. Climate Finance
Climate change is one of humanity's most urgent and complex challenges. It affects every aspect of life on Earth, from ecosystems and biodiversity to health and livelihoods. To address this global crisis, we need innovative solutions that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, enhance resilience, and promote sustainable development. This is where climate financing plays a crucial role. It can help create bankable and sustainable projects that can deliver positive environmental and social impacts while generating economic returns. One example of such a project is the Energy Catalyst program by Innovate UK.
Energy Catalyst is an Innovate UK program that accelerates the innovation needed to end energy poverty in Africa and Asia through financial and advisory support, building strategic partnerships, and uncovering new insights. Energy Catalyst supports the development of technologies and business models that can improve lives.
Energy Catalyst is an example of how climate financing can play a crucial role in addressing the global challenge of climate change by creating bankable and sustainable projects that can benefit both people and the planet.
A Kampala, Uganda-based company that provides affordable electric two-wheelers to low-income motorcycle-taxi drivers facing vulnerability to fuel price fluctuation. Boda-bodas provide transportation for 60% of the population and this means heavy carbon emissions. Zembo tackles this problem and aims to transform the boda-boda sector by helping the sector reduce its environmental impact with electric motorcycles.
Featured - Zembo
3. Urban planning
Urban planning is a significant aspect of Uganda's green growth development strategy (UGGDS) launched in 2017, as it involves designing and managing cities that are resilient, inclusive, and low carbon. Urban planning can help Uganda address some of its challenges such as rapid urbanization, environmental degradation, poverty, and inequality. Some of the opportunities for urban planning in Uganda include developing green public transport systems, promoting mixed-use development and compact urban form, enhancing waste management and recycling systems, improving access to basic services and amenities, and protecting natural ecosystems and biodiversity.
The UK government has committed to invest up to £39 million (Shs185 billion) over four years in climate-smart jobs in Uganda, which will support climate-smart land management and services around agribusinesses.
Featured - Zembo, UBL Diaego, Winch Energy
Kalangala Infrastructure Services
One of the success stories of Uganda's green growth development strategy (UGGDS) launched in 2017 is the transformation of Bugala Island, which was once one of the poorest districts in the country. Through a public-private partnership with InfraCo Africa, an infrastructure company called Kalangala Infrastructure Services (KIS) was established to provide safe access to the mainland, reliable electricity, and clean water to the island's residents. Today, Bugala Island is thriving thanks to KIS's interventions.
Climate Smart Agriculture & Market Development
One of the key themes of the UK-UGANDA green growth partnership is Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA), which aims to increase the incomes and resilience of smallholder farmers by adopting practices and technologies that enhance productivity, reduce emissions, and adapt to climate change.
To facilitate CSA, the UK government has funded a program called Northern Uganda - Transforming the Economy through Climate Smart Agriculture Market Development which works with private sector partners to identify and facilitate innovative business models and markets that benefit poor men and women as producers, consumers, suppliers, or employees while increasing their resilience to climate change.
The project focuses on selected agricultural markets and provides technical assistance and brokering services to increase the flow of bankable proposals and investments in climate-smart agriculture. By stimulating sustainable and inclusive growth in northern Uganda's agricultural sector, NU-TEC MD contributes to the UK-Uganda green growth agenda.
Climate change adaptation and mitigation is a salient component of green growth and Uganda has demonstrated a remarkable commitment to its national climate change response. As the Uganda Vision 2040 stipulates, the climate change strategy is to prioritize national resilience through adaptation and mitigation. - Uganda Green Growth Development Strategy -
Throughout the lifeline of documenting these projects, we recorded over 10 hours of footage, and 30 hours of travel and produced over 12 videos. Check out the complete YouTube playlist here.