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Promote the use of appropriate technologies, specifically Interlocking Stabilized Soil Block (ISSB) technology as a sustainable building system in Uganda.
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Project description

Northern Uganda has suffered from ongoing conflict between the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and Government forces for over two decades. This conflict has caused massive internal displacement of over a million people and great damage to the region’s infrastructure already inadequate infrastructure. Following LRA’s gradual withdrawal and after initial peace talks, large amounts of IDP’s are being encouraged to return to their places of origin. However, due to the destruction of regional infrastructure, basic services and shelter for the increasing amounts of returnees are lacking. Additionally, as a result of this mass return, the region is undergoing environmental degradation partially attributed to deforestation for the acquisition of fire wood and building material to meet basic needs and reconstruction. Currently, there is low awareness regarding sustainable practices and appropriate technologies for shelter improvement and reconstruction. The ISSB technology, or related techniques, has been used, amongst others, in the construction of houses for teacher and the provision of shelter for extremely vulnerable displaced people. Experience so far has shown that the technology is low cost and cost efficient, environmentally friendly and low tech in use.
Location: Uganda
- Regional Office for Arab States
Partner: Ministry of Land, Housing, Urban Development, Ministry of Works and Transport, Office of the Prime Minister, Local Authorities, UNDP, UNICEF, WFP, Good Earth Trust / Makerere University, private sector, NGOs
- Water Sanitation and Infrastructure
Budget: USD 600,000

Focus Area(s)

- FA4: Environmentally sound basic urban infrastructure and services


There is a need to draw the lessons of the recent experiences, further sensitize governments, NGO’s, the public and other stakeholders, and articulate the next steps in the promotion of the ISSB technology. This is necessary to provide delivery improved shelter for the returnees and other vulnerable groups in the region and elsewhere by.

  • Gather information on the process from identification of ISSB as the appropriate technology to its application in the production of materials and use in the production of shelter.
  • Create a database for documenting the process, including identifying critical elements in the process, mechanisms for improving the technology and making it more user-friendly,
  • Develop modalities for monitoring progress and capturing lessons learnt through the various stages of the use of ISSB technology including analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of application of the technology
  • Document lessons learnt in user-friendly formats.;
  • Develop strategies for promotional of the technology as training material;
  • Organize practical demonstrations of ISSB technology, including field trips to demo sites;
  • Organize a workshop to share lesson learnt and define a roadmap with necessary actions in terms of capacity development, standardization, and promotion
  • Produce project concept notes to further develop agreed actions;
  • Finalize information package of promotional/educational material
  • Organize an open meeting in Kampala targeting educational and research institutions for dissemination of information and sharing of tools


  • Sensitization of relevant stakeholder on appropriate technologies specifically ISSB thereby reducing negative impacts of housing construction on the environment.
  • Through participatory consultation, (analyzing the current projects using appropriate technologies – ISSB), document lessons learnt and agree on necessary actions in terms of capacity development, standardization, and promotion;
  • Developing and enhancing information sharing mechanisms amongst parties promoting and/or developing sustainable practices and appropriate technologies, specifically ISSB technology.

Target Groups

  • Communities residing in informal settlements or IDP camps, governments and local authorities, UN agencies, NGOs, private sector, institutions of learning and research



If you may be interested in funding this project, please contact us: info.rmu@unhabitat.org
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