About SymbioCity Kenya
SymbioCity Kenya consists of Pilot projects in small towns in seven counties, selected through a competitive process in 2016. The Pilots help build the capacity of urban stakeholders and formulate a holistic vision for towns based on a sound understanding for assets and challenges. The programme also provides small investments for concrete change projects.
SymbioCity Kenya is a partnership between Kenya’s Council of Governors (CoG) and Sweden’s Association for Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR), and is funded through the Embassy of Sweden in Nairobi.
The CoG provides a framework for consultation and cooperation between the national and county governments, and among county governments, in Kenya. SALAR represents all local governments in Sweden, and has a long history of supporting Swedish municipalities to deliver better and more efficient services to its citizens.
Since 2010 SALAR’s international subsidiary, SKL International, has used the SymbioCity Approach as a concept and a platform to support sustainable urban development around the globe. The objective is to improve health, safety, and quality of life for poor people living in urban areas, and contribute to implementing Sustainable Development Goal 11.
Urban development is about people and their lives. People grow up, live, work, consume, access services and interact in cities and towns. Effectively involving a diversity of stakeholders contributes to good urban planning, poverty reduction and sustainable development.
SymbioCity Scenarios aim to increase awareness of some of the numerous opportunities available to local councils seeking to steer their cities towards a sustainable future.