This study examines the processes of organisation and operation of motorcycle taxi (boda-boda) associations in the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area (GKMA), to try to understand more about why riders join such associations and what effect membership can have. It also examines the organisational outcomes of motorcycle taxis (boda-boda) associations, what (de)motivates boda-boda operators to become members of associations and how they build social capital and other benefits for their members. region. Additionally, it maps gender expressions, attitudes and practices (beyond the binary) within the boda boda industry and how they influence the management of boda boda associations in the GKMA.
All of the information collected is then used to generate practical and implementable recommendations that the Amalgamated Transport and General Workers Union (ATGWU) and its partners can explore and adopt towards addressing major challenges around the organisation and mobilisation of boda boda riders into a cohesive group to contribute to broader transport policy decision-making. In addition, the report provides technical and policy support to the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Paratransit Consultative Forum on modalities for the inclusion of motorcycle taxi (boda-boda) associations in consultative forums, based on their local needs, capacities and priorities. It also provides essential learning for building the capacity of ATGWU and city authorities to mobilise and engage effectively with their constituencies, but also to prepare participatory and inclusive programmes for members that are consistent with collective urban development paths.