Complexity stagnates workable growth
It is so unfortunate that Kenya keeps on jumping from one strategy or policy or law to another without internalizing and implementing the current concept to the latter. With regards to planning and setting pace to sustainable development, Kenya has had the Millennium terms goals to the Sustainable Development Goals which have in turn resulted to the Vision 2030, the Midterm Plans to last but not least the County Development Integrated Plans but unfortunately none of which has been implemented effectively because of lack of political good will, bad governance, inappropriate legal frameworks, corruption, dysfunctional markets and plans, unresponsive financial systems and systematic exclusion.
The above mentioned plans are some of the indicators that development of plans are vertically and horizontally developed from the international, national to devolution that is within the counties but unfortunately interests create diverse priorities, lagging sustainability in development. Currently we have endorsed the Big Four without interacting with the problem statement or/and the root cause which can be defined as poor planning that being not connected with the physical dynamics of an area. Implementing plans can be a great challenge if the land use and physical planning aspect are not taken into consideration because in as much as theoretical plans, policies and laws are in place, they are not connected with actual situation on the ground.
This indicates that we have frameworks instigated and some bit of implementation but unfortunately we have focused on the theoretical aspect, forgetting the actual physical planning and implementation aspect which may imply that the plans are redundant as they do not entirely speak to the cause on the ground. Rather than placing emphasis on theoretical planning, it is arguable that the physical planning and implementation of a country/town/county brings results to an average accuracy to sustainable development. If all efforts are placed towards ensuring that physical plans are developed and implemented considering socioeconomic trends as well as physical and geographical features, the preferred land uses that will support local development goals will be efficiently identified.
It has been pronounced that the Big four include; food security, manufacturing, universal health care and affordable housing but all this are connected to the plans, laws and policies which in turn connects to Land use and physical planning efficiency and effectiveness. If at all land uses are modified to ensure that futuristic elements are taken into consideration especially when undertaking the physical planning of an area then the Big four shall be incorporated and agendas will not keep on changing. Rather than making agendas look very complex the smart way should be focusing on actual land use and physical planning to make infrastructure fit the laws and policies for better implementation.
By Angela Nyanchama
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