The Relationship between Public Transport and the Location of Shanty Settlements in Kampala City

  • Ellen Byagaba Makerere University
  • Stephen Mukiibi, PhD Makerere University
Keywords: Public Transport, Paratransit, Slums, Informal Settlements, Affordability
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This research was conducted to investigate the relationship between public transport and the occupation of shanty settlements in Kampala. It is hoped that results from the study will inform future policy formulation by the government and planning of transport infrastructure and low-income housing developments. The study thus sought to examine whether a relationship exists between the cost of available public transportation and the choice to reside in these shanty settlements in Kampala. The study established that increased availability of low-cost public transport allows city residents to seek out better quality and cheaper housing further from the city centre (their affordability index being maintained or reduced). Influential government policy decisions such as maximum caps on fares and subsidisation of public transport vehicles can ensure increased supply and therefore lower the cost of public transport.  Increased mobility can result in lower demand for cheap inner-city housing that may in turn stem the growth of illegal settlements, resulting in healthier city development for all.


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24 July, 2021
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Byagaba, E., & Mukiibi, S. (2021). The Relationship between Public Transport and the Location of Shanty Settlements in Kampala City. East African Journal of Business and Economics, 3(1), 130-146.