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Citizens and decision-makers discuss issue at a baraza in Makindye-Sagabago

Transforming lives and infrastructure in Wakiso District, Uganda

CoST – the Infrastructure Transparency Initiative (CoST) is the leading global initiative improving transparency and accountability in public infrastructure. Working around the world, CoST brings together governments, private sector, civil society and the media to see better value from infrastructure investment.

Wakiso District is a rapidly expanding urban area outside Uganda’s bustling capital city, Kampala. In recent years, it has suffered from many of the problems which can occur when infrastructure provision fails to keep pace with population growth such as poor sanitation and overcrowding. In the past, the local council has lacked the capacity to manage these growing demands. However, since 2017 the four features of the CoST approach – disclosure, assurance, multi-stakeholder working and social accountability – have helped to transform infrastructure delivery in Wakiso District. In this case social accountability has played a particularly pertinent role.