SymbioCity Kenya Pilot Kick-off Workshop in Eldoret
The Kenya SymbioCity programme held the first joint planning workshop. The workshop for the for the seven counties selected as pilot for the programme took place on the 7th -9th, September2016 at Boma Inn Hotel, in Eldoret. The workshop brought together the chief officers, some directors of planning departments, all pilot coordinators, planners and ward administrators from selected pilot towns with the Kenya SymbioCity team from the Council of Governors, SymbioCity advisor and facilitators from Sweden and the UK as well as a representative from UNHabitat.
The seven pilot counties selected by the programme are Kitui, Meru, Nakuru, Kakamega, Trans Nzoia, Kisumu and Homa Bay. The counties were selected based on their potential to bring about transformation in accordance with the SymbioCity approach.
SymbioCity is a planning approach that aims at creating sustainable urban areas. The hallmark of this methodology is its possibility to spur in the selected towns, dialogue on societal values and aspirations for future development. The thrust of the approach is the use of a holistic multi-sectoral conceptual model that considers the urban systems, the institutional dimensions, and sustainability elements in formulating solutions for urban development.