Uganda - Housing

Most of the inhabitants live in thatched huts with mud and wattle walls, but styles of building vary from group to group. Even in rural areas, however, corrugated iron is used extensively as a roofing material. In urban centers, sun-baked mud bricks, concrete blocks, and even fired bricks were encouraged by the government, which was responsible for a number of housing schemes prior to the Amin era. In that period, housing was neglected and there was considerable damage to the nation's housing stock during the 1978–79 war.

The National Housing and Construction Corp., a government agency founded in 1964, builds residential housing and has sponsored a number of developments in recent years. One of its newest projects is called the Growing House. The Growing House is a basic, one-bedroom detached house that is ready for immediate occupation but is designed for easy expansion by the owner, as their own financial situation allows.

According to the latest available information for 1980–88, the total number of housing units was 3.1 million with 5.1 people per dwelling. Preliminary information for the 2002 census indicates a total of 5,186,558 households with an average of 4.7 members per household.

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Massa Kenneth
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Aug 12, 2007 @ 8:08 am
I wish to appreciate the information given about housing in Uganda.
However, may i know how the ugandan current government is committed to ensuring that the human right to adequate housing is enjoyed by her citizens.Given that the housing scheme under NSSF was marred by corruption and selfishness of a few individuals including the former minister Bakokobakoko
massa kenneth
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Aug 12, 2007 @ 8:08 am
Thanks for the information but please avail us with statistics as to how many people live in inadequate housing ,huts etc
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Mar 31, 2011 @ 12:00 am
Thanks for the good job. Can you kindly share some information regarding the various housing institutions in Uganda, the legal framework on the same and some critisms.
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Jun 1, 2011 @ 6:06 am
thanks for the information, but how has urban population affected housing in Uganda?
Lin Mrachek
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Sep 2, 2012 @ 9:21 pm
How much does housing cost? Explain options with costs.
And what is the average income?
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Feb 12, 2013 @ 8:20 pm
Good morning,
I am an Architect
I have interest in housing design for trop[ical climates
In traditional circular thatched housing where is the kitchen
Are there bathrooms or are there communal facilities?
Is charcoal the chief fuel, and is this used in stoves?
are services such as electric power and water supply available?
Are houses subdivided by partitions to provide bedrooms, for example?
Where do families eat together?
Can I get a list of furnishing types, sizes and construction to enable me to draw floor layouts?
Thank you
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Mar 2, 2013 @ 11:11 am
Thanks for the information,but can you tell us more about the houses and how people adjust there.
Judy Harris
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Aug 7, 2019 @ 9:09 am
Is there any current information available on housing? It is now 2019 & something as relevant as housing should have more current information than over 12 years ago.
Robert Wyllie
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Feb 12, 2020 @ 6:06 am
We would like to receive information about the housing construction and financing...

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