East & Central African Cities Development Forum

The DASUDA team took part as partner of KCCA at the East and Central African Cities Development forum held the 24th and 25th of May in Kampala, Uganda.

With a theme “Building inclusive growth and livability in African cities” the forum hosted speakers from 15 countries and was a platform to discuss about the future urban agenda of East and Central Africa Region, identifying and implementing key strategic priorities. It was also an opportunity for sharing, learning and developing a program of action to address the major urbanization challenges in the cities.

Over 300 particpants among city administrators, national and international professionals and investors attended the two days forum.

A key note lecture about partnerships and PPP policies was delivered by the ambassador of the kingdom of the Netherlands Alphons Hennekens followed by a keynote by Robert van Kats of DASUDA addressing the forum on collaboration with local partners to develop local solutions for urban issues.

After the keynotes speeches in the morning session, 8 parallel sessions in the afternoon gave the opportunity to discuss about:

  • Inclusive growth, Slum Upgrade and Engendering Rapid Urbanization.
  • Firm Productivity, Trade and Growth of the City Economy.
  • Urban Governance, Transformational Leadership and Citizen Accountability
  • Climate Change, Urban Resilience and Disaster Risk Management
  • Spatial Planning, Infrastructure, Mobility and Housing
  • Water, Sanitation and Urban Health.
  • Urban Data, Research Capacity and Smart city
  • Municipal Financing, PPP’s and Alternative Financing Mechanisms

On behalf of DASUDA, Robert van Kats, Femi Adewole of Shelter Afrique, Koen van Baekel of Rebel Group, Diana Carolina Ramos of Move Mobility, Amanda Ngabirano of Makerere University, and Jacob Byamukama of KCCA gave lectures about Spatial Planning, Infrastructure, Mobility and Housing.

After the two-day engagement, the city administrators signed on to the Kampala declaration that is a roadmap to ensure continuity of the engagements in building inclusive cities. The Netherlands Embassy, DASUDA Uganda, KCCA and local partners will continue building on implementation of local solutions towards inclusive growth and livability in African cities.

For more information about the forum visit www.eacdf.com

Spatial planning workshops in Kiambu and Uasin Gishu

Large parts of Kenya face rapid urbanization. Counties are now responsible for spatial planning, since devolution gave them the power and obligation to take care of the physical aspects of their piece of Kenya.

DASUDA worked in collaboration with RVO and Rebel Group in a second workshop series of the RAIN project on urban planning principles in the county of Kiambu and the county of Uasin Gishu. Focusing on data validation, mapping and Geo Information System use and the advantages of a coherent information system and being able to combine various layers of information on topographical maps.

Key element of the DASUDA approach is the interdisciplinary setting of the work team in an early stage. We were very fond of the fact that although the RAIN concept and strategy phase still has to commence, the local teams were already participating with spatial planners, economists, trade experts and responsible officers for agriculture, environment and roads en works.

The parallel program of our economist team to have an on-ground soft market testing with companies throughout the county added the findings on challenges and qualities from a business perspective. This effort made it possible to review the available data and link the dots between sectoral information and business experience and created a comprehensive integral insight .

We are looking forward to the next phases to achieve an urban planning context that secures a spot on investment in agro-industrial business environment .

CSR Netherlands launches new community TwentyOne

TwentyOne is a new online and offline international network of businesses, governments and citizens. They bring together public support, specific capabilities and innovation to create solutions for complex urban issues.

CSR Netherlands launches this network of ‘changemakers’ as a follow up to the ICSR programme around Sustainable Urban Development, supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Relations and the Fund for Creative Industry.

Cities are the areas of big social issues. Governments alone cannot solve these. Citizens, the private sector and governments will have to work together in this. During the CSR Netherlands New Year’s event on January 21st various parties connected to TwentyOne.

DASUDA is an active partner of CSR Netherlands and collaborates with great pleasure to the TwentyOne network with projects like Kumasi Circular Town in Ghana and Kajjansi Market in Kampala, Uganda. Read more about this challenge on the TwentyOne community!

Want to get involved in TwentyOne?

Are you aware of a challenge or solution for your own or any other city? Create a profile on www.twentyone.futureproof.community and find partners to further your mission.


RAIN Project Kenya started!

Although parts of Kenya have seen enough rain in the past period the start of the RAIN project was welcomed by many of the County governments of Uasin Gishu and Kiambu, the two counties partnering with the Dutch Government and DASUDA in this project. The RAIN project is an abbreviation of Regional Agro Industrial Networks and focuses on How planning can be beneficial to leverage economic development in the relation between rural agriculture and urban industries. RAIN is not only looking at the high scale levels, but has a specific objective to work through the various scales to showcase the concrete outcome of a tangible project. This can be for instance a consolidation centre where raw materials from the region are being delivered, stored, processed, packed and shipped from. The exact business case will be derived from the planning process, the potentials in the region and the demand of local parties and interest by investors from Kenya and beyond. In the first stage workshop in November the two year program was started in each County in mutual collaboration between the Kenyan and Dutch partners by spending a day talking through process, objectives, available data and knowledge and a second day visiting various location of interest in the County. The demonstrated passion of our partners enthuse us to make planning a driving force in economic prosperity in these places.