Kampala is urbanizing fast. The city’s population has increased from 775,000 residents in 1990 to nearly 1.9 million residents today. As its population has increased, so has its spatial footprint. The Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area is estimated to house over 4 million people.
In this policy narrative, the authors examine the urban development of Kampala from its precolonial past to the present day. Their analysis covers both the spatial development of the city as well as its economic development. Special emphasis is given to the historical development of the city’s structure of governance, land and housing markets, and transportation networks. To carry out this analysis, they use a wide range of sources including satellite data, historical maps, and geo-referenced economic data.
This paper is a part of a Global Research Program on Spatial Development of Cities, funded by the Multi Donor Trust Fund on Sustainable Urbanization of the World Bank and supported by the UK Department for International Development.
Patricia Jones,Julia Bird, Charles Beck, Astrid Haas (2016) Kampala- A Policy Narrative. World Bank, Washington, DC
Kampala- A Policy Narrative