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Road snaking through Ugandan village Schoolboy writing on a blackboard in Uganda A hand pump  being used by local people in Kigumba, Uganda Entrance to a mine shaft at the Kilembe mines


Our work in Uganda began in the 1980s when we were giving advice on water availability and management. Since then we've been consulted for our expertise in health, education, energy and transport by government, global funding agencies and private companies.


We're supporting the Ugandan Ministry of Education and Sports to shift from a model designed to prepare a minority of children for higher education and public service, to a broader, more inclusive curriculum designed to satisfy all abilities. The re-conceptualised curriculum will develop the learning skills needed to ensure that all graduating students can think critically and study effectively, that they possess the range of generic skills to be successful in their personal and social lives, in making a living, and rendering them ‘employable’ in the widest sense.


We are providing consultancy services to the Uganda National Road Authority for the feasibility study, detailed engineering design, tender assistance and project management for upgrading approximately 300km of roads to international standards.

Upgrading Kabale-Kisoro-Bunagana/Kyanika road is a target set by the Ugandan government and supported with a loan from the African Development Fund. We've been undertaking the design of the Kisoro-Kyanika highway link, a partial design review and supervision of construction works. The 98.7km road eventually feeds into the Northern Corridor which connects Mombasa in Kenya with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

For the Kampala Northern Bypass we have provided feasibility study, detailed engineering design, tender assistance and project management for the project which includes geotechnical, bridge, pavement and alignment design. We're also providing project management and technical assistance to develop a social impact assessment and resettlement action plan for 51km of the Kampala Entebbe Expressway.


Mott MacDonald is carrying out a technical audit of the tariff costs of Bujagali hydropower plant covering the full range of civil, electromechanical, financial model, hydrological and geotechnical reviews.

For Umeme, Uganda’s energy distribution network company, our power specialists are providing engineering consultancy services that form the first stage of its investment and expansion programme. Our services are contributing to over 10 transmission lines and substations across the country.

Water and health

Mott MacDonald has been fighting against disease and environmental degradation by addressing health and access to water and sanitation. We have provided education and knowledge sharing initiatives and have successfully designed and implemented programmes that help strengthen the institutions responsible for water resources management.

Many of our projects have focused on enhancing access to water in poverty stricken regions and improving overall potable water delivery. Working closely with the government of Uganda, non-governmental organisations and communities, we have helped increase towns’ capacity to provide and maintain sustainable basic water and sanitation services.

We project managed the delivery of the Small Towns Water and Sanitation Project, a US$30 million African Development Bank funded project bringing benefits through better water supply systems, improved sanitation, stormwater drainage systems and solid waste facilities for the towns of Apac, Iganga, Mpigi, Mityana, Nebbi and Pakwach.

Infrastructure finance

We are putting our award winning, global experience in public private partnerships (PPP) to use in Uganda. For new accommodation for the Uganda Police we are providing PPP advice at all stages of the project to help achieve financial close.

Meanwhile we have been providing technical advisory services for the structuring and packaging of the Kilembe copper mine for privatisation through a PPP structure. It has been closed since 1982 when global copper prices fell. With the recent increase in demand for copper, the government of Uganda decided to resume mining operations at the site through private sector participation.

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