Housing Transformation in Kampala, Uganda: Causes and Opportunities

  • Stephen Mukiibi, PhD Makerere University
  • Jennifer Nalubwama Machyo Makerere University
Keywords: Owner-Occupied Housing, House Transformation, Dynamic Housing
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This paper discusses house transformation by owners in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, examining the reasons for the phenomenon and highlighting its nature, opportunities it offers and what be done to formalise it and take advantage of some of these opportunities for the benefit of the community. The main objective of the study was to investigate the factors and processes leading to house transformation in Kampala’s owner-occupied houses. The study revealed that the processes of house development and transformation in Kampala are largely informal, excluding professionals and local authorities. House transformations were a means of expression of the changing needs of the owners, in terms of sizes, income, class and status. House transformations are characterised by phased alterations/modifications, which result in more space for the household needs, income generation and house improvement and status uplift. The process being widespread, almost inevitable and addressing the largely genuine concern. The research recommends formalisation of guided house transformation and phased construction by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) under the consultation of house-owners and professionals.


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8 January, 2021
How to Cite
Mukiibi, S., & Machyo, J. (2021). Housing Transformation in Kampala, Uganda: Causes and Opportunities. East African Journal of Environment and Natural Resources, 3(1), 1-7. https://doi.org/10.37284/eajenr.3.1.266