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Public Spaces in Kampala Uganda


The number of safe, accessible and fun public spaces in Ugandan cities has been steadily decreasing, while the public is increasingly demanding that governments create and maintain public spaces. However, without a clear strategic vision, many city governments lack the resources and capacity to develop public spaces to meet these demands. HealthBridge along with our local partner, Advocates for Public Spaces, have  conducted two studies to determine the availability and quality of parks and informal spaces for active recreation in the capital city Kampala. The study reports recommended the need for a public dialogue on how to improve the infrastructure for active recreation and consequently the health and quality of life for the city residents.

Ongoing activities include HBV’s activities include public spaces pilot projects and working with local groups and officials to develop clear strategies for developing and maintaining public spaces.


Kampala, Uganda


  • Advocates for Public Space



Expected Results

  • Increased stakeholders’ (public, decision makers, elected officials and media) understanding of the importance parks and open spaces in protecting and improving the environment, health and improving the quality of life of city residents.
  • Increased  number of organizations working and advocating for the improvement of the availability and quality of open spaces for active recreation in the city.
  • Increased number of policies that protect,preserve, develop, and maintain open spaces.
  • Increased number of quality open spaces.

Further Details

The two studies found that informal open spaces are critical components of residents' access to recreational space in the city.  Unfortunately,  our findings point to a shortage of open spaces in Kampala Capital City.