Launch of Kenya Urban Areas Performance Index Report 2017

Post Date: 12 September 2018   |   Category: General   |   Hits: 855

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA-Kenya) launched a report titled “Improving Performance of Kenya’s Urban Areas” on Wednesday, September 05, 2018 at the Sarova Stanley Hotel. The study produced by IEA Kenya with the support from IDRC and AHADI assessed and ranked the performance of six urban areas in Kenya, namely; Eldoret, Kisumu, Machakos, Mombasa, Nairobi and Nakuru on public service delivery, conditions for investment and on good governance.

Speaking during the launch, Mr. Kwame Owino, Chief Executive Officer at IEA said that Urbanization has created a large labour force that can power the country's industrial agenda. Urban areas are generally engines of growth due to high population density which promotes efficient use of resources, including electricity, quipped Kwame. 

The objective of the report was three-fold; to assess performance of urban areas in service delivery, provision of enabling conditions for investment and in governance; to use the findings from the assessment of urban areas’ performance to inform evidence-based policies; and develop public support for reforms based on free choice, private enterprise and efficient use of public resources.

The study was officially launched by Mr. Kwame Owino, CEO, IEA-Kenya together with representatives from the six urban areas. 

The launch was interdisciplinary with participation from civil societies, economists, academia, representatives from both the national and county governments, researchers, the media, IEA members and the public. 

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