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Jinja has long attracted migrants looking for economic opportunities and more recently seeking protection from civil strife or environmental disasters. Today, migrants born outside Jinja or Uganda make up over half of the city’s population. The majority are women and youth living in poverty, either unemployed or underemployed in low-paying informal activities.
This project focuses on secure land tenure for slum dwellers, the economic inclusion of urban poor migrant and non-migrant households, housing upgrading, and access to basic urban infrastructure and services.
The initiative supported by Cities Alliance Cities and Migration programme was funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and implemented in partnership with Makerere University, and the slum dwellers organisation ACTogether.
This video explains the reason behind large migration movements to urban areas, the economic difficulties the inhabitants face on a daily basis, and what issues the informality of employment and ownership means for the people.