KONZA: The failed promise of Kenya’s smart city

Probably the most successful such project (where the original aim was
productive people) is Shenzhen:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shenzhen#Special_Economic_Zone_(1980s%E2%80%93present)

More background on this process in general in China (though probably
studies in Mandarin may better capture important details):
pubdocs.worldbank.org/en/934911517472447837/Reflections-on-40-years-of-reforms-final.pdf

On 6/1/21 7:31 PM, Grace Githaiga via KICTANet 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/
> <restofworld.org/2021/the-failed-promise-of-kenyas-smart-city/>
> —
>

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