Yesterday, UK High Commissioner Nic Hailey launched a 5 year programme to support sustainable urban development in Kenya.
The Sustainable Urban Economic Development Programme (SUED) is a £60 million programme supported by the UK government through the Department for International Development which aims to support up to 10 fast growing municipalities to develop sustainable Supporting Municipalities to Develop Sustainable Urban Economic Plans that Attract Investment for Critical Infrastructure and Value Chain Projects. This will deliver better urban spaces and support strategic green growth hubs.
Highlighting the economic and human importance of sustainable urbanisation, Mr Hailey said: “Urban areas play a central role in supporting economic transformation. No country has reached high-income status without urbanisation … cities are also where people go to chase their dreams’.”
It is estimated that by 2050 more than 50 per cent of the Kenyan population will be living in urban areas and Cabinet Secretary at the Kenyan Ministry of Lands, Farida Karoney listed roads, sewage systems and waste management as some of the issues which need to be considered when planning sustainable urbanisation in the country.