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June 11, 2014

Towards Our Dream City, Nairobi

PhotoThe Winning Essay is read out by Mandela Mutiso

"I dream of a clean city, with no traffic jams, with good buildings, clean water, good hospitals, more buses, security, where children get good education…." Mandela Mutiso, a Class 4 Pupil from Komarock Primary School in Nairobi confidently read the words, which were part of his winning essay. This was at a colourful ceremony to launch a Master Plan for the city presided over by Nairobi's Governor, Dr. Evans Kidero.

Various issues face the close to 4 million residents of Nairobi, necessitating the development of an integrated Master Plan to address urban planning, urban transport and socio-economic challenges. Perennial traffic jams, poor road condition and road network, inadequate housing, unemployment, insecurity, lack of access to safe water and poor solid waste management are just some of the issues addressed in the Plan.

JICA supported formulation of the Nairobi Integrated Urban Development Master Plan (NIUPLAN) 2014-2030 through a consultative process that incorporated views from the private and public sectors, academia, political leadership and the general public. Views from Mutiso and other children, who participated in an essay and drawing competition dubbed "My dream City" were also considered. The vision of NIUPLAN 2030 is to create a globally attractive city that is iconic for regional integration and sustainability.

To achieve this, several projects have been prioritized, including new roads and railways, development of new landfill sites, improved water distribution network and storm water drainage system. There is also need to decentralize service from the Central Business District (CBD), which will ease congestion within the city. Thus, new Sub-Centres will be developed under the newly formulated Master Plan.

PhotoDr. Kidero and Mr. Noda give their keynote addresses

Governor Kidero observed that this was the 4th Master Plan for the City since Independence, and assured residents that their views had been adequately incorporated into the Plan. "Implementation of this Master Plan will restore Nairobi to its former glory, and make it operate as a world class city," he said.

The Deputy Governor, Jonathan Mueke was happy to note that this was an integrated plan and not sectoral, which would make Nairobi attractive and competitive while taking environmental issues into consideration.

Institutional strengthening was stressed as key to successful implementation of the Master Plan. Mr. Koji Noda, JICA's Senior Representative, gave an assurance of continued support in the next key step of its implementation. "Nairobi is both the Capital City of Kenya and a logistics hub in the region. Implementation of the Master Plan will therefore improve the city's competitiveness and attract investment," he noted.

PhotoStudents are awarded Certificates for their winning Essays and drawings by Mr. Noda, Dr. Kidero and Mr. Mueke

PhotoDr. Kidero and Mr. Noda with winning students

PhotoNairobi Governor Dr. Kidero, JICA’s Senior Representative Mr. Noda, County Executive for Lands Mr. Tom Odongo during the launch of the NIUPLAN

PhotoParticipating students with guests during the Launch


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