Unpacking housing affordability, accessibility and livelihoods in Uganda

Uganda’s urban centres face a grave and often ignored crisis: a scarcity of affordable housing, coupled with subpar living conditions and unequal access to shelter. This complex issue warrants immediate attention and comprehensive coverage.

Why covering housing is important

Impact on humanity: Housing is a fundamental aspect of human life, influencing every facet of existence. By reporting on housing matters, we shed light on the stories of individuals and communities grappling with the dearth of affordable housing, substandard living conditions, and restricted shelter access.

Socioeconomic implications: Housing and socioeconomic development are inextricably linked. Journalists can report on the economic repercussions of the housing crisis, investigating its effects on employment, poverty levels, and overall societal well-being. Our reporting can foster awareness of the urgent necessity for affordable housing, sparking discussions on innovative solutions.

Inequity and social justice: The housing crisis disproportionately affects marginalised groups, exacerbating social inequalities. By scrutinising and reporting on housing disparities endured by low-income earners, women, the elderly, and vulnerable populations, we illuminate systemic injustices and advocate for inclusive policies and practices.

Governance and accountability: Covering housing issues empowers people to hold policymakers, government bodies, and private stakeholders accountable for their actions and policies. Through rigorous investigative journalism, we can uncover corruption, mismanagement, and policy gaps, ultimately promoting transparency, reform, and housing solution implementation.

Story ideas

  • Analyse the concept of housing as an ecosystem, examining how housing, transportation, public spaces, and social services are interconnected. Discuss the potential for integrated planning and design approaches to create more inclusive and sustainable urban communities.


  • Explore the stories of Ugandan household builders constructing homes for themselves and their communities. Shed light on their challenges due to lack of recognition and regulatory support, highlighting innovative solutions for affordable housing.


  • Investigate the challenges faced by renters in Uganda, including rising rent prices and exploitative practices. Share stories of individuals navigating the rental market and shed light on the impact on low-income earners. Advocate for tenant rights and discuss potential solutions to create a fair and stable rental housing market.


  • Document the stories of women affected by housing challenges, including domestic violence, inadequate sanitation, and gender-specific barriers to accessing affordable housing. Discuss the implications of these challenges on women’s safety, health, and overall well-being, while also highlighting efforts to empower women through housing initiatives.


  • Share the experiences of young individuals striving for homeownership in Uganda. Explore their financial challenges and consider alternative models like cooperative housing. Discuss the policy implications for making homeownership more attainable for the youth population.


  • Investigate the consequences of rural-urban migration on housing in both urban and rural areas. Explore how migration strains infrastructure, influences land use patterns, and necessitates balanced regional development strategies to address housing needs.


  • Analyse the impact of public-private partnerships in the housing sector, assessing their effectiveness in addressing affordability, access, and adequacy. Discuss the roles of private developers, government policies, and community engagement in these partnerships.


  • Investigate the challenges individuals face in asserting their housing rights, exploring issues of land tenure, evictions, and the role of the legal system in protecting vulnerable populations. Highlight the stories of those affected and discuss potential reforms.


  • Analyse the complex interplay between market forces, housing prices, and affordability in Uganda. Explore innovative financing models, micro-mortgages, and potential policy interventions aimed at ensuring affordable housing across income brackets.


  • Investigate financing models bridging Uganda’s affordable housing gap. Showcase successful projects utilising land-based financing and value capture initiatives. Experts and stakeholders can provide insights on scalability.


  • Investigate the mismatch between housing policies and reality. Analyse how policies may favour large-scale developers and neglect contributions from small-scale builders. Discuss potential benefits of reimagining regulatory frameworks to boost housing capacity.


  • Examine rapid urbanisation’s impact on housing demand and supply. Address the urgent affordable housing deficit and its implications for the urban population. Engage experts and stakeholders to discuss potential solutions.


  • Uncover the complexities of land assembly and its effect on affordable housing initiatives. Investigate the challenges of high land costs and explore projects leveraging land values for low-income households.


  • Paint a comprehensive picture of Uganda’s growing housing deficit. Combine data and personal stories to highlight the potential consequences of ignoring the issue and discuss scenarios if the gap continues to widen.


  • Investigate the impact of climate change on housing, including floods, landslides, and rising temperatures. Discuss resilience strategies such as green infrastructure, energy-efficient design, and community-based adaptation measures to mitigate the effects of climate-related challenges.
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