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Uganda Road Sector Support Initiative (URSSI)

http://www.ugandaroadsector.org

Email:

info[at]ugandaroadsector.org

About Uganda Road Sector Support Initiative (URSSI)

Uganda Road Sector Support Initiative (URSSI) is a Not-for-Profit Non Governmental Organization that was established in 2009 to  facilitate coherent and timely development and planning of road transport and urban development in Uganda with particular emphasis on roads, municipal planning and sustainable transport management both in rural and urban areas. Our advocacy programmes propose a strong link between road development and urban planning to mitigate future urban sprawl and congestion thus promoting sustainable development through smarter transport systems.

VISION

A Uganda with well Planned Towns and Cities with a Modern Road Transport System

MISSION

To Facilitate the Improvement and Sustainability of Modern Town Planning Practices and Coherent Road Transport Development and Management in Uganda

OBJECTIVES

  1. To ensure transparency and accountability of the road sector performance in Uganda
  2. To provide platform for information sharing and dissemination on roads and transport systems in general in which the road users can raise their concerns.
  3. To strengthen capacity of the public to hold government accountable for the road development and maintenance.
  4. To generate appropriate information on mobility, transport, and urban planning practices for both local and international use
  5.  To advocate for domestication of international  best practices in road development and urban transformation
  6. To work with State and Non-State actors in finding lasting solutions to challenges facing urban planning and transport development in Uganda.
  7. To raise public awareness about road safety so as to systematically reduce road accidents and increase road safety in Uganda.

WHAT WE DO

  • We monitor government funds allocated to roads and public works by ensuring that contractors provide quality road sector services to the public.   We also advocate for systematic road sector reforms in Uganda.
  • URSSI carries out research, advocacy and dissemination of information on issues related to National Road Transport Budget by offering an unbiased look at the how funds are allocated and spent in this sub-sector.
  • We carry out Independent Budget Analysis and promote budget literacy for the public to create awareness about how the money allocated to roads is utilized.
  • We do procurement and performance monitoring by tracking the process and procedures of procurement of roads to ensure transparency in the whole process.
  •  We involve communities in road monitoring by availing them with simple-easy to use tools that guide and help them to hold both government and contractors accountable for ongoing and completed works.
  • We advocate for professionally designed, wide roads of international standard that are well planned and maintained with better drainage systems, unencumbered road reserves. We are at the forefront of supporting Uganda’s towns to grow into well planned urban centers and cities that are pleasant to both the citizens and visitors.
  • We support and promote modern urban and town planning practices with well planned structures including green belts, leisure parks, recreation centers and organized neighborhoods.
  • We coordinate and provide effective remedies, actions and responses to road safety issues and provide appropriate approaches to address major road safety risk factors and to halt or reverse road traffic deaths in Uganda.
    Uganda Road Sector Support Initiative (URSSI)
    Plot 74 Kanjokya Street, Kamwokya,
    P.O. Box 11110 Kampala
    Tel: +256-312-516864   +256-756-943990
Contact us:
Uganda Road Sector Support Initiative (URSSI)
Plot 74 Kanjokya Street, Kamwokya,
P.O. Box 11110 Kampala
Tel: +256-312-516864   +256-756-943990

Location: Kampala, Uganda

SLoCaT Focal Person:

Mutabazi Sam Stewart

Email: mutasamste[at]yahoo.com

Programs & Projects on Transport & Climate Change

URSSI recognizes the importance of promoting sustainable development specifically in roads development and maintenance. Rapidly expanding road networks can cause large-scale damage to forests and environment in general but proper infrastructure planning and implementation could actually turn them into a net positive for the environment. Uganda is majorly a hilly country with huge chunks of forests and trees and many areas are being opened up with new paved and earth roads. Uganda’s largest share of the budget has been committed to road transport subsector. At the same time, Uganda is one of the fastest urbanizing countries in Africa which a phenomenon that will potentially lead to increase in carbon emissions and environmental degradation basing on the fact that urban areas have greater polluting capacities than rural areas.

Uganda is one of the latest countries in Africa that have discovered large quantities of Oil deposits in the western part of the country commonly known as the Albertine Graben. URSSI works has been working closely with different stakeholders to promote proper physical planning of the area in anticipation of orderly greener oil cities in the oil producing region with better transportation facilities that are friendly to the environment.

Basing on aforementioned, URSSI works in close partnership with government and other non state actors to cause positive change by advocating for smarter choices of transport, thorough Environmental impact assessments in road development as well as comprehensive urban planning practices that promote greener urban areas while preserving the environment in the country side. 

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