Enhancing the financial position of cities: Evidence from Kampala

The city of Kampala in Uganda provides an illustrative example of how institutional and administrative reform, without widespread policy change, can generate substantial increases in municipal revenues. Through the implementation of more efficient digitalised systems, attracting higher capacity staff, and a focus on the ‘citizen as a client’, the city has managed to increase own-source revenues three-fold from UGX 30 billion (US$8.2 million) in 2010/11 to UGX 90 billion (US$25 million) in 2018/191, as well as crowd in more central government and donor funds. These reforms were made possible by strong leadership, a political window to act, and strong support from development partners.

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