On March 22-24, representatives from seven counties in Kenya met in Diani for a 3-day Pilot Convention. The seven counties are all so called Pilots in the SymbioCity Kenya programme, and are as such going through a Symbiocity planning process.


The purpose of the Pilot Convention was to offer the pilot teams:

  • Inspiration and exposure to innovative ideas
    Sharing of experiences between the pilot projects,
    Preparing for the next phase of developing urban solutions
    Coming together as a team

Invited were five working group members from each of the seven pilot counties, together with the technical team from the two partners; Council of Governors and SKL International.

During the three days, the participants were offered a program to discuss and absorb:

Urban Sustainability Review; experiences, remaining steps

  • Recap on the process, where we are now in the pilots, what remains.
    County presentations: the pilot location, challenges and opportunities.
    Something we did during the process so far that we are proud of.
    Networking: jointly identify topics that counties feel are important to talk about, sharing experiences and recommendations.

Developing integrated urban solutions

  • From vision to action: How to transform visions/goals/objectives into integrated and inclusive solutions, using SCA methodology.
    Examples of integrated solutions.
    How proposals are developed, specifically in a way that promotes synergies, integration and sustainability.

Upcoming capacity development, quick wins and change project

  • Capacity needs assessment, menu for upcoming trainings and joint sessions.
    Informative session on principles and requirements for quick wins and change project.
    Conclusions and walking through the steps ahead.

The Pilot Convention is currently being documented, with interviews and joint findings as core components. 

Developing proposals