Microgrants/Microgrants 2020/Proposal/Mapping Uganda's New Cities

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Mapping Uganda's New Cities
A project to map all 15 recently approved new cities across Uganda.
budget (Euro)4,997
grantee• [[User:lusdavo|lusdavo]]
contact(s)• lusdavo@gmail.com• info@mapuganda.org
organization (if applicable)• OpenStreetMap Uganda (MapUganda)

About your Mapping Community

OpenStreetMap Uganda (MapUganda) is a registered NGO working across Uganda, promoting community mapping, GIS awareness, actively contributing open datasets and building a network of enthusiastic community mappers in Uganda. The current membership is around 30 registered members and several other non registered community members and contributors to OSM in Uganda, including students from YouthMapper chapters in 10 universities in Uganda.

Since 2012,  OpenStreetMap Uganda has done various mapping activities, engaging various stakeholders in the GIS and Mapping sector. The governing authority of the organisation is from the Board of Directors that is nominated annually through the Annual General Assembly. The organisation’s operations are spearheaded by the  Executive Director who works with project managers based on various projects.

OpenStreetMap Uganda has worked on various projects that include the Open Mapping program that involved using open source GIS tools for disaster reduction and recovery assessment in Kampala. Map Uganda is part of the Open Cities Forum with the objectives to grow partnerships and catalyze the creation, management and use of open data to produce innovative solutions for urban planning and resilience challenges. From February-April 2018 MapUganda ran a project called Smart Cities Funded by Open Data for Sustainable Development(AODC) in partnership with KCCA to help manage the garbage collection in Kampala City.

What do you need the grant money for?

On April 28, 2020, Parliament of Uganda overwhelmingly voted to create 15 new cities in Uganda. This came with a majority of 312 votes out of 313, MPs voted for the Motion for resolution of Parliament on alteration of boundaries under Art 179(1) A of the Constitution and declaration of cities under Section 7(2a) of the Local Government Act. According to UBOS Census 2014, these new cities are home to approximately 1.5 million people. These cities are: Arua, Gulu, Masaka, Mbale, Mbarara, Fort Portal, Wakiso, Entebbe, Hoima, Lira, Nakasongola, Soroti, Kabale, Jinja, and Moroto as shown in this map.

This microgrant will help us run a mapping campaign in which we will identify, recruit, training and work with at least 10 mappers based in each of the 15 cities. The mappers may be based in these cities or may have a particular attachment to the city or particular local knowledge of the city. This will enable us to have a total of 150 mappers at the bare minimum who will work to remote map the city as well as to make map products from the remotely mapped data that will be shared with the city administration. This team will take on responsibility of growing a community of mappers in that city as well as improving map data in that city. This team will additionally work to be responsible for engaging the city administration officials to create OSM and Mapping awareness as well as the use of spatial data in city planning and service delivery. The project will be focused on remote mapping these cities and creation of map products from the remote mapped data. In each city, remote mapping will cover:

  • Buildings
  • Roads
  • Landuse
  • Waterways

These 15 cities will take effect as shown below:

# City Effective Date
1 Arua City July 1, 2020
2 Gulu City
3 Jinja City
4 Mbarara City
5 Fort Portal City
6 Mbale City
7 Masaka City
8 Hoima City July 1, 2021
9 Entebbe City July 1, 2022
10 Lira City
11 Moroto City July 1, 2023
12 Nakasongola City
13 Soroti City
14 Kabale City
15 Wakiso City

Budget breakdown

Item What do you plan to spend the money on? Quantity you plan to buy / subscription length Expected cost per unit (in Euros) Frequency Expected total cost (in Euros) Why is it needed? (please give as much detail as possible)
1 Mappers Internet Access Stipend 160 1.71 6 1,638.52 This will allow us to facilitate a few volunteers and community members with internet access to be able to contribute to the remote mapping activities.
2 National Coordinator Stipend 1 97.53 12 1,170.37 The national coordinator will be the overall coordinator for the project, who will be charged with making several errands related to the mapping activities over the 15 cities.
3 National Trainer/GIS Assistant 1 60.96 8 487.66 The GIS Assistant will be assisting the National Coordinator with coordination activities as well as be in charge of map production.
4 Communications Assistant 1 36.57 8 292.59 The Communications Assistant will lead communications related tasks for the mapping campaign across the 15 cities.
5 City Coordinators 32 2.44 12 936.30 City Coordinators will lead local city engagements in the respective cities.
6 Printing Maps 15 19.51 1 292.59 Printing A0 size city map for each city
7 Bank Charges 1 14.87 12 178.48 Related to the respective electronic transfers of the financial support.
TOTAL 4,997 Total grant amount requested.

If you receive a grant, what do you aim to achieve?

During this project MapUganda plans to  carry out remote mapping activities across all 15 new cities across the country. In each city,  remote mapping will cover buildings, roads, landuse and waterways. The aim is to produce map data so as to have an updated map in OpenStreetMap for these new cities as they are being started. Furthermore, the remote mapped data will be used to produce paper maps which will be handed over to the new city administrations. These efforts will help to grow the OSM community in Uganda as well as provide map data that can be used for city planning, disaster risk management and service delivery.

Do you receive funding from any other sources at the moment?

MapUganda has received funding from Elevate Education in partnership with the Ministry of Education to map the Tertiary educational institutions for teachers and Coordinating Centers countrywide. We have received funding from the French Development Agency through a consortium where we have partnered with Transitec and Transport for Cairo for the Kampala paratransit project. Another project we have completed was about conducting an aerial survey using drones in Nakivale Refugee camp funded by American Refugee Committee (Alight).

Is there anything you would like OSMF to support you with?

We anticipate that this effort will likely need more that just the mapping community in Uganda. We would therefore appreciate the support to the OSMF to highlight this project as well as to mobilize mappers across the world to support this remote mapping activity for these new cities. For effective remote mapping of these new cities, we will require access to the latest high-resolution satellite imagery over these cities. For this, we would like to receive support from OSMF in terms of making connections to possible imagery sources (beyond what is readily available) that can be used in this project. Beyond this remote mapping project, we are planning to build a platform that can provide geospatial data support to these new cities. We would like to develop this idea further (implementation after this remote mapping project) and receive technical support from the OSMF.


By submitting this form to the OpenStreetMap Foundation, you certify the information contained in this application is correct, and that if you are awarded a grant, you will use it only for the purposes described above. You will provide written documentation and receipts for all of your expenses to the OSM Foundation to demonstrate this. You understand that the decisions made by the OSM Foundation Microgrants committee are final.

I, lusdavo 07:51, 12 May 2020 (UTC), agree, on behalf of MapUganda, to follow the above declaration.


MapUganda has identified and contacted potential collaborators on this project include the Ministry of Local Government (MLG), Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), National Planning Authority (NPA), Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team and YouthMappers. During the execution of the project, City Administration leaders will be engaged for continued collaboration and capacity building.

  • I strongly endorse this project, Putting these cities on the map will improve navigation and city proper planning activities across Uganda. Kiggudde (talk) 06:38, 11 May 2020 (UTC)
  • For giving these cities a good start with geospatial data for urban planning, disaster risk management, and service delivery, I strongly endorse this project. lusdavo (talk) 06:58, 11 May 2020 (UTC)
  • I firmly support this project. The data created pertaining to these cities will play a big role in enabling sustainable decision making which is necessary in balancing out competing priories in new cities. Ingrid k (talk) 17:44, 12 May 2020 (UTC)
  • I firmly agree with the project proposal. Enhancing sustainability through mapping of cities will ensure better service delivery. Adiiba25 (talk) 22:21, 13 May 2020 (UTC)
  • I endorse this project, for I believe development in cities and countries can only be successful with the availability of data and information. Hills95 (talk) 10:04, 13 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Mapping these cities will not only add several people to map but also generate data that is vital in urban planning and humanitarian response. This is why I strongly endorse this project. Shamillah (talk) 10:13, 13 May 2020 (UTC)
  • I champion behind this project, I believe the government will improve service delivery and sustainable decision making due to availability of data Njai (talk) 11:10, 13 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Map data is really important for planners and the entire community/city members, with this shift from municipality to cities, I strongly recommend that there is a need to have these cities mapped on OSM to create open datasets and maps for city planners. Ngumenawesamson (talk) 14:23, 13 May 2020 (UTC)
  • I strongly support the project and endorse it as it will help the developing country with vital mapping information towards the humanitarian aid response teams. Misanovic (talk) 14:57, 13 May 2020 (UTC)
  • For the love of improving spatial connectivity and application by local governments, I believe this project will provide a good entry point. Wava Stella 20:51, 13 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Good to have these new cities mapped onto OSM. Can the role and financial contribution (if any) of potential collaborators talked to,be defined in the proposal? Will there be two city coordinators per city? the number (32) doesn't seem to tally with the cities, some clarification there. Thanks Douglaseru (talk) 21:29, 22 May 2020 (UTC)