BRITISH DEVELOPMENT SECRETARY ANNOUNCES INCREASE IN SUPPORT FOR SUSTAINABLE. URBAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN KENYA
During a visit to Lamu Island today, the UK’s Secretary of State for International Development, Rt Hon Rory Stewart MP, announced an increase in support for Sustainable Urban Economic Development (SUED) in Kenya. The UK Government’s SUED programme will benefit from an uplift in funding, enabling it to reach a further 2 municipalities in Kenya.
The British Development Secretary joined Lamu Governor, Hon Fahim Yassin Twaha, to co-sign a memorandum of understanding to launch the programme in Lamu municipality.
Lamu was one of 10 municipalities initially selected to benefit from the programme, following a nationwide competition. Under the programme, municipalities will receive a package of support to help them deliver climate-smart urban growth, attract investment, create jobs and build infrastructure, for the benefit of local people.
SUED is a five-year programme supported by the British Government through the Department for International Development (DFID). Following a nationwide competition, 10 municipalities were selected to benefit from the programme (53 submitted proposals). Today’s uplift to the KSH 8 billion programme, bringing it to KSH 9 billion, will allow it to support a further 2 municipalities.
The programme will support the successful municipalities to develop sustainable urban economic plans and attract investment for critical infrastructure and value chain projects.
The main programme objectives are to:
Strengthen capacity at municipality level to plan better for urbanization.
Support policy and legislative changes to enable greater private sector led growth.
Raise investment for critical bankable, climate-resilient infrastructure and value chain projects.
Develop and test capacity at municipality level to maintain key activities after the programme ends.
Create climate-resilient jobs.
Improve rural links with larger markets that were previously difficult to access.
Poise municipalities for climate-resilient and sustainable growth.
SUED will provide the following support for the selected municipalities:
Urban Economic Planners to help develop integrated and sustainable plans to spur inclusive growth hubs of the future.
Investment Climate Advisers to help remove policy and regulatory constraints to private sector led urban growth.
Investment Experts to help develop and implement investment promotion strategies to draw in investment (including PPPs) to fund commercially bankable climate-resilient infrastructure and value chain projects identified in their urban economic plans.
Other Capacity Building Specialists to support priorities identified in the urban economic plans and, enhance their capacity to continue managing increased activity even after the project ends.
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