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Powering Namuwongo. Video about energy infrastructures in Kampala.

Powering Namuwongo. Video about energy infrastructures in Kampala.

Joel Ongwech and Jonathan Silver have created a video demonstrating heterogenous energy infrastructure in Kampala. Check it out!

Kampala is experiencing rapid urbanisation and resulting transformation with over two million people now living in Uganda’s capital city. Many of these residents live in informal settlements with full access to urban services such including energy limited as city authorities and utility companies struggle to create infrastructure for everyone. But that doesn’t mean that people in popular neighbourhoods like Namuwongo do without, they just find other ways to power their lives, creating jobs and vital income but also everyday worries and environmental concern. This short film explores some of these different energy systems operating in Namuwongo and the people who create, use, sell and buy them.


Director: Joel Ongwech
Sound: David Naxic
Producer: Jonathan Silver
Researchers: Joel Ongwech/Gladys Acan/Jonathan Silver/
Music: Joel Kahiri and Myko Ouma

Funded by the Leverhulme Trust
Supported by the SAMSET Project


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