Urbanization and the Quality of Growth in Uganda

Dmitry Pozhidaev is Global Advisor at UN Capital Development Fund, he’s based in Uganda. We discuss 15 new cities that are planned for Uganda, insights into the book: ‘Reflections on African Cities in Transition’ and his chapter called ‘Urbanization and the Quality of Growth in Uganda: The Challenge of Structural Transformation and Sustainable and Inclusive Development’, emerging disruptors for Ugandan cities and much more.

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We discuss

  • 15 new cities planned for Uganda.
  • International municipal investment fund.
  • Global program with 5 UN regional economic commissions and UN-Habitat.
  • Examples of cities that Uganda is learning from in terms of financing.
  • Insights into the broad coverage of the book: ‘Reflections on African Cities in Transition’
  • His chapter ‘Urbanization and the Quality of Growth in Uganda: The Challenge of Structural Transformation and Sustainable and Inclusive Development’.
  • Emerging disruptors for Ugandan cities and how they will remain resilient and inclusive.
  • Dmitry’s definition of a Smart City in the Ugandan context.
  • If he had a magic wand he would change the mindsets in city administration in Uganda. He explains the current situation and what he would do to fix it.
  • His vision of what Ugandan cities will look like in 2040.

About Dmitry Pozhidaev

Over 20 years of experience in international political affairs, institutional building, and development finance in crisis and post-conflict areas with the United Nations (Serbia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Palestinian Territories, Jordan, Yemen, Uganda, Tanzania, Somalia, Rwanda, Myanmar).

20 years of consultancy engagement in governance, peacebuilding, and development finance with the World Bank, International Organization of Migration, Council of Europe, DFID, UN Relief and Works Agency, Hart Group International, Adam Smith International

Specialist in local governance and decentralization, financial sector development, local development finance, project structuring, and financial analysis with experience in managing large governance, fiscal and private sector development programs, and research in these areas.
Source: www.linkedin.com/in/dmitry-pozhidaev-b325376/

About UN Capital Development Fund

The UN Capital Development Fund makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 47 least developed countries (LDCs).

UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development.

UNCDF’s financing models work through three channels: (1) inclusive digital economies, which connects individuals, households, and small businesses with financial eco-systems that catalyze participation in the local economy, and provide tools to climb out of poverty and manage financial lives; (2) local development finance, which capacitates localities through fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal finance, and structured project finance to drive local economic expansion and sustainable development; and (3) investment finance, which provides catalytic financial structuring, de-risking, and capital deployment to drive SDG impact and domestic resource mobilization.
https://www.uncdf.org/

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