Kampala wins global award for best urban innovation

Kampala Capital City Authority Executive Director, Ms Dorothy Kisaka with the award Kampala won in the Urban Innovation Awards held Thursday in Guangzhou, China (Photo/Via @KCCAUG)

Guangzhou, CH: Uganda’s capital and largest city, Kampala has yet again won another prestigious global award, this time awarded for the best innovation in urban centres all over the world.

Kampala was awarded for its groundbreaking initiative; Weyonje, “An Innovation Towards Pit Emptying Services Through a GIS-enabled App” at the Guangzhou International Awards for Urban Innovation held on Thursday, December 7 in Guangzhou, China’s capital.

Kampala beat 14 other cities shortlisted in the category to claim the prestigious award on the night. These included; Antalya (Turkiye), Bogotá (Colombia), Cape Town (South Africa), Gwangju (South Korea), Halandri (Greece), Iztapalapa (Mexico), Jakarta (Indonesia), Kazan (Russia), Mannheim (Germany), Pimpri Chinchwad (India), Ramallah (Palestine), São Paulo (Brazil), Tehran (Iran) and Xianning (China).

The award was received by Ms Dorothy Kisaka, the Executive Director of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) on behalf of the Ugandan government and the “great people of Kampala city”.

In her acceptance speech, Kisaka said; “We are grateful that our team has come up with a great innovation that has eased solid waste management in the city.” She noted that the innovation, which she said is a simple technology, has enabled them to redouble their efforts to care for the people of Kampala City, especially the ordinary ones.

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This initiative known as ‘Weyonje’ has not only revolutionized sanitation services in Kampala city but has also had a profound impact on public health.

The Guangzhou Award aims to recognize innovation in improving social, economic, and environmental sustainability and good urban governance in cities and regions, and, in doing so, to advance the prosperity and quality of life of their citizens.

The award is co-sponsored by the City of Guangzhou, the United Cities and Local Governments as well as the World Association of the Major Metropolises.

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This is not the first time Kampala City has won a global this year. In November, this year, the country’s capital won this year’s Global Award for Sustainable Development for its outstanding progress and achievements of cities and municipalities around the world in their implementation of the 2023 Agenda.

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