SymbioCity Kenya releases the publication Planning our towns : a toolkit for inclusive urban development in Kenya

SymbioCity Kenya Programme is a partnership between the Council of Governors and SKL International, with funding from the Swedish Embassy to Kenya. As part of the programme, sustainable approaches to urban development has been piloted in seven Kenyan counties. The counties have jointly gone through the SymbioCity Process, from planning to implementation of urban improvements.

The toolkit offers guidelines for integrating an inclusive, participatory and holistic perspective into urban planning and development in Kenya. Based on the key principles planning for people, planning with people and integrated planning the toolkit provides practical tools, methods and examples that can be used in different stages of the planning process. If you are a government leader, administrator, physical or development planner, or work in urban planning in any way, this toolkit is for you!

Implementing the inclusive planning principles shared in the toolkit will lead to:

» Better plans and projects, that are more relevant, better designed, and attend more meaningfully to the needs of the community.

» Improved collaboration both within county government and with other stakeholders,

leveraging resources, harmonising activities, and leading to new urban solutions.

» Empowered communities, who take ownership and contribute to the results.

» Smooth implementation, through a well-designed planning and implementation process.

» Inclusive urban areas, which offer opportunities for all.

The toolkit can be downloaded here.