Arab traders started Mbale between 1700s and 1800s but British colonial planning authorities arrived and overthrow them in 1906.The independence of 1962 brought Mbale many challenges until 2009 when MDF was established with the objectives of providing a formal platform for addressing gaps in service delivery and resource mobilization.

Stage of the project




Starting Up





The results of the project so far

a) Implementation of quality infrastructure projects including roads such as Nabuyonga Rise and Mugisu Roads as well improved services like solid waste collection and cost effective solar energy street lighting technology.
b) Increased revenue collection.
c) More cleanliness in the city.
d) Peaceful negotiations between urban dwellers and urban managers.
e) Solar powered traffic lights on Pallisa Road has reduced accidents and disciplined road users.

What are specific, distinctive, strong elements in this project?

Fair tax assessment, maximum revenue collection and accountability.
Effective communication and dialogue between urban stakeholders.
Consultations on proposed programmes and forth coming events.
Quality work and services in line with set standards and time frame.
Action speaks louder than words when it comes to enforcing byelaws.
Regular meetings for timely identification and resolution of problems and seizure of opportunities.
Environmental conservation and solid waste recycling

Which specific lessons, do's and don'ts would you like to share? What would be suggestions for others when preparing or implementing the project in their own city?

a) Sharing information among all urban stakeholders is absolutely necessary.
b) Conflict of interest exists between technical officers and politicians in relation to protecting their jobs and political seats hence poor service delivery standards and corruption.
c) Urban leaders tend to conflicting interests in voters/tax payers.

They should have a well defined legal position for their MDF to avoid conflicts in roles of different power centers and agree on the terms of reference

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