By Dr Alice Evans
30 January 2017
All around the world fewer women are dying in childbirth than they used to. Since 1990, the maternal mortality rate has almost halved. We are making progress. But this is jeopardised by the Global Gag Rule, reinstated by Donald Trump as one of his first acts as president. By restricting funding to NGOs that support women’s to access abortion and family planning, more women are at risk of death and injury.
Sarah Nandudu, Vice President at National Slum Dwellers Federation, Uganda, identifies key factors behind the success of ESID’s Transforming Settlements of the Urban Poor in Uganda (TSUPU) programme. The presentation took place at our research reflections workshop at the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development in Kampala in December 2016.
By Diana Mitlin
12 January 2017
In December a team from ESID visited Uganda to share the outcomes of research on TSUPU: the Transforming Settlements of the Urban Poor Programme. In the first in a series of blogs on this innovative research on urban poverty in Uganda, Diana reflects on lessons learned and the value of academia co-producing knowledge with multiple stakeholders.
With close to one billion people living in informal settlements across towns and cities of the global South, and numbers anticipated to rise significantly over the next decade, finding solutions to improve people’s living conditions is a global imperative. Transforming Settlements of the Urban Poor in Uganda (TSUPU) is one of the initiatives recently undertaken in sub-Saharan Africa to address such needs.
ESID’s researchers have been working with the National Slum Dwellers Federation of Uganda and its support NGO, ACTogether, to understand programme outcomes and to gather evidence about why and how positive impacts have been secured. TSUPU has provided a learning platform to build and share knowledge about the contribution of government and citizen partnerships to urban poverty reduction. TSUPU itself has now finished, but a successor programme, USMID, is helping to support some of this work.