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NDEMO: Adopt models for building sustainable cities - 8 months ago, 13 June 16:15

By: Bitange Ndemo

The current model of urban development financing is not working. At least not in Kenya.

The citizens pay for services in form of land rent, rates and other levies with a promise that the council, municipality or city will provide the services.

In case of developing countries, this has not worked very well. It is therefore justified that we think differently in seeking innovative and sustainable financing models for emerging cities.

This past week, I have had the privilege of brainstorming with some great futurists in the country in trying to envision how we could best develop and adapt sustainable solutions for our emerging cities.

They were all in agreement that the state of urban development needs a disruption. In this, they want a democratised form of development approach which, instead of pooling resources to provide public services, first utilises resources to address residents’ needs while a part of the resources raised goes ...
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