Thanks to the support of UK-based charitable organization Made in Africa Foundation, a massive urban redevelopment scheme in Kampala, Uganda is now underway. The concept for the site was presented to the Ugandan Government by international designer Ozwald Boateng OBE, esteemed architect David Adjaye OBE, and CEO of the Made in Africa Foundation Chris Cleverly. The 160-acre site in Naguru-Nakawa will be transformed with more than 3,500 residences, a church, school, commercial units, hotels, retail amenities, restaurants and leisure facilities.
The Made in Africa Foundation provided financial support for planning and feasibility studies to build momentum and attract private sector funding. Two prominent examples include Irish billionaire Brian Comer of Comer Group, and influential Ugandan Prince Hassan Kimbugwe, whose support has funded 1,000 affordable homes as part of phase one.
Made in Africa Foundation co-founder and Nigerian Oil and Gas entrepreneur Kola Aluko said: “For the Made in Africa Foundation to have made such a significant contribution to a project of this importance is a remarkable achievement and is a testament to our belief in making things happen, rather than just talking about them.” The hope is that this project and its likely success can be used as a model for future redevelopment projects across Africa.
Commenting on the government presentation, Boateng said, “This project has been able to advance dramatically due to the funding provided by the Made in Africa Foundation. So many projects in Africa get stuck at the first hurdle, but the Naguru-Nakawa project has now achieved major milestones, including attracting the talents of world-renowned architect, David Adjaye, who has proposed an iconic office campus employing thousands of Ugandans which will form the center-piece of the New Kampala. We are very proud of what the team on the ground have achieved.”
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