Urban Action Innovations Lab

Assoc Prof. Shuaib Lwasa, Coordinator UAL 

The Urban Action Lab (UAL); a knowledge-based approach for engaging with issues of sustainable urban development challenges

The Urban Action Lab is a pro-active learning environment engaging different individuals from academia, community, private sector and policy domains to stimulate and facilitate action. The UAL is also designed to enhance university education and research on urban challenges in the region. This Lab will be developed as a regional hub with Makerere University as the anchor institution expanding in the East African region. UAL is an opportunity to engage in sustainable urban development, climate change adaptation and urban planning issues faced by the city. The UAL is a space for learning-by-doing aimed at enhancing planning education critically required to meet the challenges. The National Slum Dwellers Federation of Uganda (NSDFU) is a key partner as a community-based organization that will offer entry of students and researchers to the communities. Other partners include but not limited to Shelter and Settlement Alternatives: Uganda Human Settlement Network, Uganda Housing Cooperative Union, Ministry of Lands Housing and Urban Development, Kampala Capital City Authority and Red Cross Climate Centre. Training and research are planned at the graduate level to create a repository of research results accessible by interested people, institutions and communities of practice. UAL is envisaged to advance the urban ecological planning and development that takes a territorial approach to urban challenges. The UAL will provide a knowledge exchange platform between stakeholders on topical urban issues to identify solutions to urban problems but also research ideas and priorities. The knowledge exchange platform will be in the form of a combination of appropriately targeted communication means that include periodic newsletters, leaflets, posters, periodic face-to-face meetings, online tools-an e-portal, phone messaging. Such a network is designed to be self-propelling in terms of shared information, innovations, knowledge, good practices and opportunities. The UAL knowledge portal will be populated by research outputs from various units, actors that will also be widely accessible by stakeholders including central and local governments for evidence-informed policy. In addition to the communication channels mentioned, there will be periodic publications ranging from brochures, leaflets, policy briefs, media articles, videos to research papers for knowledge dissemination.Contact UAL on ual@caes.mak.ac.ug Visit the UAL website: http://ual.mak.ac.ug/