Description/achievement of initiative
The objective of this project is to support womens property rights and asset building by providing transparency to real property transactions. It presents an innovative application of the International Property Market Scorecard (IPMS) developed by IRPF approximately ten years ago. This pilot initiative will diagnose and disseminate results of an assessment of property markets in selected diverse economic areas in Kampala and Jinja using the IPMS with a gender lens. The larger goal is to enhance awareness, provide a tested tool to advance gender equity, and enable equitable participation of women in acquiring property and building wealth and assets.
The IPMS is a diagnostic tool that has been utilized in over 30 countries to analyze property market conditions and identify areas for reform. This initiative tests its diagnostic strength to provide a systematic understanding of how women at all income levels are participating in the property market, which in turn provides a lens on gender equity, property rights for women, and access to finance and asset building. IHC Global is partnering with AREA-Uganda, a long-standing partner with which it has a formal MOU, to carry out this pilot initiative. This private sector-civil society partnership and the innovative application of this tested tool have the potential to have a transformative effect for women in Uganda, contributing to SDG 5 specifically through empowering gender-inclusive property markets, and to SDG 1 more generally by enabling functioning and equitable property markets, which are building blocks for economic growth and prosperity.
The partnership initiative will have three main phases: a knowledge exchange, the scorecard assessment, and an advocacy, awareness, and education campaign.
Phase 1: Knowledge Exchange
A knowledge exchange will be organized at AREA-Ugandas Annual Conference to bring together AREA members, Womens Council leaders, IHC Global staff, and representatives from local communities to discuss the economic, legal, and social experiences women and other vulnerable groups have with property rights and housing markets. The goal of the Knowledge Exchange will be to bring the actual experiences of women to bear so that they can be included in the scorecard assessment.
Phase 2: Scorecard Assessment
Utilizing professional expertise, publically available data on Ugandan property markets, and insight gleaned from the knowledge exchange, an IHC Global representative and a woman leader from AREA-Uganda will co-lead an assessment of property markets in Uganda, specifically through a gender lens, utilizing the International Property Market Scorecard. The assessment will look at six core elements necessary for sustainable property market development: property rights laws and enforcement, access to credit, efficiency of governance, rational dispute resolution, financial transparency, and appropriate regulations.
Phase 3: Advocacy, Awareness, and Education Campaign
Once the scorecard assessment has been completed, an advocacy and awareness campaign will be carried out to 1) advocate for specific reforms within the Ugandan property market system that could make property markets more effective and inclusive of women, and 2) raise awareness and spread information to communities in Ugandaspecifically womenregarding their rights and opportunities when it comes to property and housing.
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
During Phase 3 of the initiative, a training will be carried out to help strengthen the capacity of the Womens Council and enable them to carry out sustained efforts to train women to become leaders in the real estate industry and advocates for inclusive property rights in Uganda. A housing and property rights primer event will be planned to roll out the findings from the scorecard and train local communities in how they can use the scorecard to advocate for important reforms.
The intent of the partnership, following a successful pilot, is to bring it to scale in other countries to provide a practical tool for supporting womens property rights and economic position. At the conclusion of the Uganda pilot project, an evaluation will be carried out by project implementers, which will be taken into account for further refinement and development of projects in other countries.
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
The initiative has been co-designed and will be co-implemented by IHC Global and AREA-Uganda. It will be implemented under IHC Global and AREA-Ugandas MOU, and each will assign key staff to manage and participate. Country level coordination will be led by AREA and global coordination will be led by IHC Global. At all stages however, the two organizations and their memberships will work in close collaboration. AREA-Uganda is an association that works to strengthen the real estate sector in Uganda by advancing professional standards, transparent practices and a code of professional ethics. In 2015, AREA-Uganda formed a Womens Council to empower women to exercise their potential as entrepreneurs and industry leaders. The implementation of this project will also include full involvement from the Womens Council and other on-the-ground actors in Uganda to conduct the scorecard assessment. The initiative will also seek out active input and involvement from the Ugandan Ministry for Lands, Housing, and Urban Development as well as regional and local governmental bodies, which potentially expands the multi-stakeholder initiative into a powerful public private partnership.
A detailed work plan will be mutually agreed upon by all partners at the outset of the project and will lay out performance measures. At each key stage of the project, there will be mutual reporting and CEO-level virtual meetings to monitor progress on the performance measures and address any issues. To ensure accountability and transparency, feedback surveys will be given to participants in all trainings and events to evaluate programs and provide suggestions at each phase of the project. This feedback will be continuously taken into account throughout the remaining project phases. At the conclusion of the pilot project, an evaluation will be carried out by project implementers to assess the projects strengths and weaknesses.
- IHC Global, a coalition of 50 nonprofit, private sector and individual members from around the world committed to equitable urban development. Recently, the International Real Property Foundation (IRPF) which developed the Scorecard to be used in this initiative, was merged with the International Housing Coalition to form IHC Global
- Association of Real Estate Agents in Uganda (AREA-Uganda) an association of Ugandan realtors that works to strengthen the real estate sector in Uganda,
- The Women's Council, a sub-group of AREA-Uganda that works to encourage Ugandan women to engage in real estate