The Centre for Urban Research and Innovation is initiating a partnership with the county Government of Lamu to help it understand and tackle development issues in the county. Lamu County is a buzz for development as the county has been earmarked for large national projects in addition to county level project. The University of Nairobi hopes to work with the county in various sectors so as to fast track development in well calculated and thought out programs.
The Team was in Lamu from 10th- 14th March 2015 together with the Prof. Robert Rukwaro, the Dean of the School of the Built Environment. The delegation held meetings with Mr. Siyat Osman- Lamu County Secretary, various County Executives and technical professionals of the county to discuss on areas and modes of collaboration. The team made a presentation to all county executives, chief officers and some of the directors and principal technical officers of the county. It was an opportunity for the county officials to voice their thoughts and ideas on areas they would be keen to have the university assist them with.
The CURI team also took a reconnaissance tour of villages within Lamu and Pate islands and parts of the main land such as Mokowe town, Hindi town, the LAPSSET site and the site of the proposed coal fired power plant.
This collaboration is part of the centres’ collaborative urban planning component which seeks to articulate how urban planning as a technique and profession can be a medium for dialogue, inclusiveness, sharing, synergy, resulting in a stronger and just socio-spatial environment. This partnership will serve as both a platform and door-opener towards CURI’s involvement in the newly established devolved system of government.