# Tool title Description Link / URL
1 Main Tool: How ready is your city to become a smart city? This tool aims to acquire data that will be used in the development of a criteria for the assessment of smart city readiness in the city where you live. A smart city is one in which information and communication technology (ICT) is used to improve its livability, workability, and sustainability. Open Data Collection Tool
2 Questionnaire 2 - Within the City Council (For Leaders) – City Readiness This questionnaire aims to collect – Vision, Mission, Strategic plan of the city Open Data Collection Tool
3 Questionnaire 3 - Management Staff (Management /ICT or any other) Focus Areas: Awareness, Staff Readiness Assessment (Technocrats – ICT, and Engineering/planning or Finance department),Infrastructure & Technology available Open Data Collection Tool
4 Questionnaire 4 -Within the City Community – normal community members and the private sector Focus Areas: Infrastructure and Services: Open Data Collection Tool

Cities that are engines of growth of a nation, are important to National Development. With support from the Government of Uganda, to support high impact Research and Innovations that informs national development priorities, a team of researchers from Makerere University and Government is undertaking research on cities, assessing their readiness for the Smart City Status that once implemented would see them improve their finances, infrastructure and service delivery. The findings will help the Cities to work towards becoming smart Cities complementing the approaches currently being used to enhance service delivery.
Comparison: Traditional Cities Vs SMART CITIES at glance
# The Problem The Smart City Solutions
1 Planning
  • Adhoc and decentralised
  • Cost savings are not realised
  • Limited potential for scalability of investment
  • Coordinated and holistic
  • Resources are shared
  • Cost savings are fully realised
  • Investments are scalable
  • 2 Infrastructure
  • Runs inneficiently
  • Costs more money and resources to run
  • Optimised with cutting-edge technology
  • Saves money and resources
  • Improved service-level agreements
  • Built on open standards
  • 3 System Operators
  • Guess at infrastructure conditions
  • React to Problems
  • Cant deploy resources efficiently to address problems
  • Enjoy real time reporting on infrastructure conditions
  • Predict and prevent problems
  • Deploy resources more efficiently
  • Automate maintanance
  • Save Money
  • 4 ICT Investments
  • Piecemeal and siloed
  • Deliver suboptimal benefit
  • Don't realise economies of scale.
  • Centrally planned
  • Deployed across city departments and projects
  • Deliver optimal benefit
  • Provide maximum value and savings
  • 5 Citizen engagement
  • Limited, scattered online connection to citizens
  • Citizens can't make optimal use of city services (or easily find them)
  • Complete and singular online presence
  • Citizens can easily find and use services
  • Citizens can participate in smart city initiatives
  • Two-way communications between government and people
  • Specialised services focused on the individual citizen
  • Citizens can both contribute to and access real-time intelligent city data and offer apps that use the data
  • 6 Sharing data
  • Departments and functions are siloed
  • Departments rarely share data and colloborate on initiatives
  • Departments and functions are integrated and/or shared
  • Data is shared between departments and better correlated with other data services through open standards
  • Results are improved
  • Costs are cut
  • Credit: The Smart Cities Readiness Guide

    Smart City Readiness Assessment: Towards a Digital Economy led by ICT to enhance public service delivery accross all Ugandan Cities

    Using information and communications technology to enhance and improve the livability, sustainability and workability of all cities across the country.

    Rationale: "The existence and application of digital assessment instruments, tools and methods increase the likelihood of success of digital governance, as well as digital transformation initiatives at different levels (i.e local, regional, national, international) and in different domains of the public sector (i.e utilities, healthcare, education, agriculture, justice,security, environmental planning, immigration, revenue collection, investment, tourism and more" - (ICEGOV, 2021). Click to view more e-government services).
    Research Project Objectives

    Determine the status of e-governance for selected cities.

    Determine the requirements for the ASCENT tool sharable smart city assessment assessment tool.

    Build a prototype of the ASCENT tool.

    Evaluate the appropriateness of the ASCENT tool with key stakeholders .

    Pilot as well as functionally and geographically scale up the ASCENT in selected new cities..

    Relevant Project Updates

    1. Mbarara City Field Vist

    - Met with Mbarara City Mayor (His Lordship - Hon. Kakyebezi), and the Mbarara City Administration to Introduce the concept and seek a strategic partnership with the city leadership (Shafiq Lutaaya and Prof. Gilbert Maiga)
    - Delivered project concept note to the His Lordship the, City Mayor.
    - Engaged Mbarara University Officials and other city residents and sought their perception of envisaged smart cities through the data collection tool

    2. Jinja City Field Visit


    3. Gulu City Field Visit.


    4. Masaka City Field Vist

    Principal Investigator visited Masaka City Administration with Research Assistant - Ndigezza Livinstone. Data was collected.

    5. Meeting with the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development


    6. Meeting with the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Local Government


    7. Proposed Meeting with the Local Government Finance Commision's (Commission Secretary)


    8. Inception Meeting with Kampala Capital City Authority Officials


    9. Lira City visit


    A Smart City Explained: -What is a Smart City? Smart Cities: Solving Urban Problems Using Technology Smart Dubai Government - Future Smart City. Lutaaya Shafiq

    Please find some useful links below

    Data Collection tool.

    The Project implementation team
    # Team Member Designation / Credentials Research Interests Publications Presentations
    1 Dr. Ian Senkatuka(Principal Investigator) Dr Ian Senkatuka has professional work experience since 1994 as an architect, planner, and project manager, and as a lecturer/researcher. He has a PHD from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) Stockholm Sweden and Makerere University Uganda (Joint degree) with a focus on Urban Infrastructure Management, a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from University of Sydney, Australia, a Master’s degree in Project Planning and Management from the University of Bradford, United Kingdom, and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Makerere University, Uganda. He has acquired further project management qualiêcations and is a PRINCE 2 registered practitioner. He is and has been on a number of national Boards that include the Architects registration Board and the National physical planning board that he currently chairs. He has worked as a consultant in Uganda and internationally in other countries within Africa.He has worked on a number of projects that include; commercial projects, housing projects, health projects, education projects, building refurbishments and other projects. urban planning, smart cities, regional planning, e-governance, e-Government, electronic service quality, architecture, interoperability, project planning and management, . See Publications here Presentations
    2 Prof. Gilbert Maiga (Mentor) Dean, and Associate Professor, School of Computing & Informatics Technology (SCIT), Makerere University. Professor of Information Management Systems.( Go to Personal Website Makerere University,- Member, Board of Research & Graduate Training, Makerere University. smart cities, e-governance, e-Government, electronic service quality,e-health, e-services, Health informatics, Biomedical ontology and Knowledge Management, Information Systems Evaluation, Web-based Information Systems,adoption and use of Telemedicine for Healthcare, systems theory, medical informatics, EMR, interoperability . See Publications here Presentations
    3 Dr. Aminah Zawedde (Co-Principal Investigator) Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information & Communications Technology and National Guidance (MoICT&NG), Director on the Board of Directors- National Information Technology Authority, Uganda, (NITA-U), Non-Executive Director, DFCU Group, Senior Researcher,SCIT, MUK smart cities, e-services, e-government,smart cities, e-governance, e-health,research, modelling for decision support, process improvement, system integration and capacity building, information systems security and audit, systems modelling, system dynamics, data analytics ICT4D. See Publications here See Presentations here
    4 Dr. Emily Bagarukayo Ngabirano (Co-Principal Investigator) Dr. Emily Bagarukayo is employed at the School of Computing and Informatics Technology, College of Computing and Information Sciences, Makerere University. She is a consultant on Computing and IT issues. She is an eminent lecturer, researcher with over 13 years experience, and holds a PhD in Information Science degree, Masters of Computer Science and Bachelor of Computer Science (Hons). She is a research associate at the International Center of IT and Development (ICITD), Southern University, USA. She undertook her PhD research in the e-Learning area, specifically on the impact of technology like Digital Learning Environments, Multimedia in education and industry, on learning; specific research interests include the use of technology to support personalized learning; and the development of instructional content for improvement of Higher Order Cognitive Skills, building capacity and infrastructure. Of recent she is venturing into research on the impact of social software on learning. She lectures courses in Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Systems including Computer Applications, Ecommerce, Operating Systems Theory and Design, Computer Networking, Systems Analysis and Design, Management Information Systems, Web design and Software Engineering at undergraduate and post graduate levels. She has supervised several student research projects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the areas of information systems, Databases, Multimedia among others. She has also authored over 10 peer reviewed journal, conference publications and book chapters. smart cities, e-services, e-government, Ecommerce, Operating Systems Theory and Design, Computer Networking, Systems Analysis and Design, Management Information Systems, Web design and Software Engineering, e-governance, research, modelling for decision support, process improvement, system integration and capacity building, information systems security,. See Publications here See Presentations here
    5 Mr. Lutaaya Shafiq (Technical Lead) Applications Developer - National Water & Sewerage Corporation (NWSC), Co-founder and Director: - Vice President, Next Generation Technology (NGX),- Director, Kira Young Investors Co.Ltd (Business Registration No: 80020000017324), Co-founder: smart cities, e-services, e-governance, e-service quality, service quality, e-service quality assessment, design science research, e-government, federal enterprise architecture framework (FEAF) , e-government interoperability framework, The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) See Publication here See Presentations here
    6 Dora Bampagana (Grants Officer) Grants Officer, College of Computing and Information Sciences, Makerere University smart cities, e-governance, e-Government, electronic service quality, Information Systems . See Publications here Presentations
    7 Martha Mugarura (Commisioner) Commissioner, Urban Planning, Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development smart cities, e-governance, e-Government, electronic service quality, Information Systems . See Publications here Presentations
    Sustainable Smart Cities for for social, economic and digital transformation of Uganda
    Innovation requires basic research - President Barack Hussein Obama 2012 State of the Union Address on Research, Technology and Innovation to a Joint Session of the United States Congress