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Country Facts:


  • Capital city – Kampala
  • Population – 45.2 million
  • Life expectancy – 63 years
  • Unemployment rate – 4.3%
  • Below poverty line  42.2%

* International poverty line of US$2.15 (World Bank)

Find more country facts on: CIA The World Factbook – Uganda

Habitat Facts

  • Habitat started in Uganda in 1982.
  • Individuals served in FY 2022 –  930
  • Through new construction – 300
  • Through incremental construction – 15
  • Through market development – 585


The housing need in Uganda

Uganda’s housing situation is characterized by inadequate homes - both in terms of quality and quantity - in rural and urban areas. The housing deficit stands at 2.4 million housing units, of which nearly 1.4 million are in rural areas. An estimated 900,000 units are substandard and in need of replacing or upgrading. Uganda’s expected population growth will require an additional 3 million housing units or more.
Housing is more than a physical structure. A safe, affordable home provides the foundation for vulnerable families to access wider development opportunities. UN Habitat’s Right to Adequate Housing emphasizes that housing is the key to other vital rights-based services, such as clean and safe water, hygiene and sanitation; health; food and livelihood security; and environmental sustainability and gender equality. 

How Habitat addresses the need

Vulnerable group housing

We provide social housing support for vulnerable rural households, especially women, children, orphans and their caregivers through home construction. Each home has a ventilated pit latrine, shower stall and water tank. We also train families to protect themselves against HIV/AIDS, to be informed about sexual and reproductive health, succession planning, inheritance rights, sanitation and hygiene, and malaria prevention. Recognizing the connection between housing and livelihood security, we support youth in these households to develop vocational skills relevant to their local market, such as tailoring, carpentry and masonry.

Housing microfinance

Accessing credit is a real challenge for low-income families in Uganda s cash-based society. We support low-income earners, especially those working in the informal sector, to access incremental microloans directly and through partnering financial institutions to improve their shelter.

Market systems development

Habitat Uganda offers institutional technical assistance to financial institutions and private sector actors to develop more competitive, inclusive and resilient housing microfinance products and services that serve middle to low-income clients.


We partner with local governments and municipal development forums to address urban issues. We focus on affordable urban housing, hygiene and sanitation, promotion of good environmental practices, and economic empowerment to impact the lives of vulnerable communities in the growing urban areas.

What you can do


Please visit and designate your gift to Habitat Uganda.


The Global Village program is resuming region by region until a safe and quality experience can be provided at scale worldwide. Please visit for more information and updates.


Habitat affiliates in the U.S. support the international work through an annual tithe. For additional information, email: [email protected] or contact your local Habitat organization.


Robert Otim

National director

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Stories and news

Our best bet

Housing microfinance “is all about being small scale, affordable and lending responsibly. And it is working,” writes Habitat’s Kevin Chetty for the online site Place.

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