KONZA: The failed promise of Kenya’s smart city

I think there’s time to reimagine Konza to fit our own context and
aspirations. A completion date of 2050 means it would be served well by
tangible deliverables every medium term that connect with the local sector
rather than a reliance on China and the West’s big tech firms to deliver
big wins.

Muchiri

On Wed, 2 Jun 2021 at 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
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> *Subject:* Re: [kictanet] KONZA: The failed promise of Kenya’s smart city
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> GG
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> 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
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> On Tue, Jun 1, 2021 at 7:32 PM Grace Githaiga via KICTANet <
> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
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>
> 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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