KONZA: The failed promise of Kenya’s smart city

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On Wed, Jun 2, 2021 at 9:42 AM John Kieti via KICTANet <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

> Hello,
>
> My overall sense is that Konza gets unfairly beaten up, by us commentators
> most of the time. To begin with, the project is very young compared to the
> likes of Shenzhen, which became an SEZ in 1980, 41 years ago. The problem
> arises when our planning and implementation horizon is too short. Even
> 10-15 years is too short for an objective appraisal of failing or
> succeeding. I think questions about the progress thus far can be more valid
> than a declaration that the project has failed.
>
> My 5 pence.
>
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> On Wed, 2 Jun 2021, 09:09 Grace Githaiga via KICTANet, <
> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>
>> Good points @Ali Hussein <ali@hussein.me.ke>. I like your point number 3
>> ‘can the project get back on track?’
>>
>> Considering it was a vision 2030 project, can we say that that there are
>> still 9 or so years to get it back on track?
>>
>> Rgds
>> GG
>>
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>> *From:* KICTANet >> hotmail.com@lists.kictanet.or.ke> on behalf of Ali Hussein via KICTANet <
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>> *Sent:* 02 June 2021 7:33 AM
>> *To:* ggithaiga@hotmail.com <ggithaiga@hotmail.com>
>> *Cc:* Ali Hussein <ali@hussein.me.ke>
>> *Subject:* Re: [kictanet] KONZA: The failed promise of Kenya’s smart city
>>
>> GG
>>
>> Thanks for sharing.
>>
>> Listers, even the best-laid plans can miss their targets. I’d rather we
>> discuss:-
>>
>> 1. What went wrong.
>> 2. What are the lessons to be learned.
>> 3. Can the project get back on track?
>> 4. Has it gone wrong? How long does it take to build a new city?
>>
>> Regards
>>
>> *Ali Hussein*
>>
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>> On Tue, Jun 1, 2021 at 7:32 PM Grace Githaiga via KICTANet <
>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>
>>
>> Listers
>> This may be of interest to some here.
>> Rgds
>> Grace
>>
>> Kenya was one of the earliest countries to outsource its dreaming to
>> McKinsey. The entire Vision 2030 strategy was developed by the Kenyan
>> government in conjunction with McKinsey & Company, with Konza being one of
>> many techno-utopian urban renewal projects the firm was involved in. At
>> first, most were undertaken in Asia, then, in the 2000s, the focus shifted
>> to African countries, which were seen as growth markets for big tech and
>> financial corporations.
>>
>> …the McKinseyfication of government and federal services often means
>> that the mere production of paperwork counts as progress. …The
>> question then becomes, Who is responsible for the failure of Konza?”
>>
>> Read on:
>> restofworld.org/2021/the-failed-promise-of-kenyas-smart-city/
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