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What are the Sustainability plans for the Symbiocity Program?

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Project teams from the seven Symbiocity pilot counties came together to take stock of where the project is in view of the change in leadership in the Counties as well as implementation from of the next phase of the project i.e. the change projects
Ms. Jaqueline Mogeni while addressing the project coordinators, CEC’s urban planning, and their finance and procurement teams said that the benefits of the project need to outlive the project life so that citizens own the benefits of the project. “In essence at the end of the project it is important that the community is involved and signs the completion certificate to show satisfaction with the job done,” she added.
As project enters change project implementation phase the team came together to review status challenges and lessons learnt in order to carry themselves to the next phase. Discussions centered on concrete plans on sustainability of the projects as the projects. Here are some of the plans the Counties have to ensure that the project remains sustainable.
dennis“In Kiminini, the County through the CEC lands fronted the Symbiocity Program into the plans for the year and thus was included in the County Integrated Development Plans (CIDPs). Incidentally, the County’s CIDP has borrowed a lot from the workings of Symbio City program and it targets to transform other urban areas in Trans-Nzoia County using the Symbio approach. The County has hired six new sweepers in the proposed region to help assist in waste management, collection of wastes and cleaning the streets. Unclogging exercise kicked off through the Ministry of Works who will be undertaking quarterly maintenance on this. One public toilet constructed by the county to be handed over to the community for management on behalf of the County. It is expected that they will collect revenue and use part of it to operationalize and manage it and maintain the resource centre. The County wants to use the approach in planning other towns within the County”- Dennis Waswa

millicent“In Butere, the team has enjoyed support from the Symbiocity Kenya program especially capacity building on management, communication and Monitoring & Evaluation. The County Government together with the people support the project fully which has been a plus towards its implementation. The County has equally planned for the project in its CIDP thus budgeted for in the budget 2018/19 financial year. The County needs to acquire more land and form a robust Private Public Partnerships to help in managing the small projects in the Change Project and to ensure full engagement of the community and sense of inclusivity. Gazettement of Butere town to a township status will improve management of the region moving forward. The County may also consider having establishing more staff in Butere especially in the urban planning department. This expertise shall ensure that all the planning done during Symbiocity Program shall be implemented to the latter.”- Millicent Cherotich


“Every line ministry implementing the project has a line budget to support implementation of the project under operations and maintenance. The Ministry of Physical planning has allocated 7M for land purchases as a development project and 3M under recurrent. The town has project agent Voluntary Champions who are charged with the responsibility of creating awareness and sensitizing the community on the project benefits while advocating for effective community involvement to foster ownership. Collection of fees and charges will be managed by the community through formation from a trust board over sighted by the County and ploughed back into the project. It is expected that the champions will spearhead this. A monitoring and evaluation team from both County and Ahero is in place to ensure program progresses ad planned, engagement of labourers paid by the County line Ministry of Trade and environment and lastly partnerships with friendly agencies and development partners like, KISIP, UNICEF, LVEMP and academia.”- Mr. Onunga Sospeter

Naomi“Nakuru County has partnership with NARUWASCO which is responsible for water supply in the entire county, apart from Nakuru and Naivasha municipalities. NARUWASCO will regulate the water prices and manage the water kiosks which will also serve as information centres on sustainable water use. Funds from the activities (photocopying services, small scale shop and eco toilet) at the water kiosks will be used in operation and maintenance of the kiosks and profit for the registered groups that will be running them. Further, the county government through the department of infrastructure will be maintaining the drainage system that will be constructed. This will promote project sustainability and community ownership of the project.”- Naomi Murang’a


Njambi“Kwa Vonza the University Town in Kitui County, the technical staff are the drivers of the project to ensure that institutional memory transverses time even with change of government. We have instituted market committees and in conjunction with ministry of trade (CGoK) training happening. As an Arid and Semi-Arid Area that receives interest from donor, we have encouraged Public Private Partnership to provide technical support.

For spatial planning, development control will be efficiently implemented. The County has embraced quick wins and change project and all projects coming up must have this incorporated.”- Njambi Kiburio

Richard“In Homabay, Kshs. 23 million has been allocated towards implementation of Symbiocity related projects in Mbita Town. We have mainstreamed Symbiocity within the CIDP meaning the departments will be able to use it to bargain for funds towards improvement of the urban areas. We trust that the planned for stalls and cold storage units will generate money through payment of user fees thus generating funds for the County Government of Homabay for facilitating operations and management of the Symbiocity Investments. Homabay County has also mainstreamed solid waste management in its CIDP 2018 -2022 by allocating funds to among other purchase solid waste dumping sites as well as ensuring routine solid waste collection and disposal.” Richard Bonyo

Musyoka“The Change project from Ontulili town in Meru County seeks to improve the status of the town through a modern mixed integrated market. In realizing this, the County has identified the development of gateway towns as a strategic aspect towards the realization of the county’s vision of ‘a united prosperous green model county’, with planned interventions including the development of Integrated Spatial Plans and investment in the development of appropriate urban infrastructure. So we will replicate the SymbioCity approach to other gateway towns in Nkinyanga, Keria, Subuiga and Murera. Moreover, we have put in place infrastructure like gravelling the roads, garbage collection to address the needs of the residents around. I believe that sustainability will be based on partnership with relevant County departments, market committee and residents agreeing on how the different components of the facilities will be managed. In fact, the current improvements are already attracting an appetite for private sector investment in the area.”- Jefferson Musyoka

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