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Community-Led Mapping And Enumerations Are Powerful Tools To Return Power And Democracy Into The Hands Of The Urban Poor.

Thinking of Kisenyi in Kyebando, Bwaise I about 5.5K.Ms away from the city centre brings to mind numerous impressions. A walk around the settlement makes one realize that despite challenges of flooding, garbage and poor drainages, people around and from other settlements get together to carry out activities that are done in the area like; carpentry, garages and selling car spare parts among others

Because accurate data not only makes urban poor settlements visible to local authorities but alsobrings together a community to gather data to help a settlement see itself more as a collective whole than as a set of individual households, Enumerations can help identify common priorities, common needs and help to focus and mobilize residents.

ACTogether Uganda and the National slum dwellers federation of Uganda with support from Global Land Toll Network (GLNT) carried out enumeration in the area with an aim of ascertaining the number of households in the area, number of structures and the issues affecting the area.

Some of the commonly identified issues;

  • Floods
  • Drainages
  • Security of tenure.
  • Youth Unemployment
  • Drug Abuse.

Photos of the undertaken activities;

The photos show enumerators being taken through how to administer the questionnaire using the tables and how to conduct mapping;

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The photos show structure numbering;

Photos of Structure mapping;

The photos below show the measurement of the different building’ length and width;

A community member informing residents of the enumeration exercise while calling upon them to be cooperative;


The enumeration exercise was done using tablets as seen below;

The photos show how floods affect the different houses;

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Houses abandoned because of floods;

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Some of the businesses in the area are shown in the photos below;

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