Pilot town: Kwa Vonza
Kwa Vonza is facing a myriad challenges due to the rapid rate of urbanisation. The establishment of two universities has transformed the rural set up of Kwa Vonza into a vibrant urban community.
The population has increased fivefold from 7 000 in 2009 to a current 35 000 which is projected to reach 50 000 in the year 2020 (Kitui CIDP). Today, 20 000 of Kwa Vonza’s residents are students and staff from the two universities: South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU) and Kenyatta University (KU).