KONZA: The failed promise of Kenya’s smart city

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?
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> *Subject:* Re: [kictanet] KONZA: The failed promise of Kenya’s smart city
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> 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?
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> 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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