Managing Urban Growth in Secondary Cities and Towns in Kenya

Episode 6 of the Series focussing on urban governance and how to get it right in managing urban growth in towns and cities in Kenya. Show guest: Dennis Abuya is a Registered Physical Planner currently working with the County Government of Kiambu. He holds a Master's Degree in Urban Management and a degree in Urban and Regional Planning - both from the University of Nairobi.

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Listen or watch to understand:

  • How Kiambu County is developing and changing in the spatial and socio-economic form.
  • The development character and trends in rapidly urbanizing and emerging towns.
  • If the growth of these towns followed any management guidelines and regulations.
  • Current management challenges hindering sustainable growth of these towns.
  • What the future is of these towns and what role urban authorities can play for sustainability and for tackling the challenges.
  • How the County has worked with AKiRNA to negotiate and drive the region's present and future development.
  • Foreseeable opportunities with well managed urban and peri-urbans areas.
  • Kiambu County's system to deliver better cities and towns.
  • How the County is steering the development and growth of the region.
  • Key priorities for growth in the next decade and how we will get there.
  • Lessons learnt so far.
  • How to resolve current glitches, for future resilience.
  • Inspiration drawn from other African towns and cities.

About Dennis Omoga Abuya

Dennis Omoga Abuya is a Registered Physical Planner with the Physical Planners Registration Board in the Republic of Kenya and Corporate Member with professional associations including, the Kenya Institute of Planners, Architectural Association of Kenya (Town Planners Chapter) and Town and County Planners Association of Kenya. He is currently working with the County Government of Kiambu as an Urban Planner. He has interest in Urban Planning, Urban Management and Sustainable Urbanism.

Dennis Omoga Abuya is a holder of a Master's Degree in Urban Management and an Degree Urban and Regional Planning degree from the University of Nairobi. He has;served as Physical Planner in the private and Public sector in the field of Physical and Land Use Planning, Currently working with the County Government of Kiambu. He has been credited in his involvement in preparation of County Spatial Plans, Integrated Strategic Urban Development Plans, Zoning Plans, policy formulation and implementation, development control, advocacy planning and it ad urban research with several publications in international journals.

His efforts and achievements, amid countless local challenges, have earned him International recognition in Physical Planning Profession. As Physical Planner in the County Government of Kiambu, he spearheaded operationalization of e-DAMS, an electronic development application system for processing development applications to facilitate approvals in the most efficient and effective way.

He hopes to further his interest to pursue Doctorate studies and join academia or/and research institutions while actively engaging in public policy on matters urban sustainability and urban management.

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