Public Engagement Platforms

Chapter 8 of Agenda 21 calls on countries to adopt national strategies for sustainable development that should build upon and harmonize the various sectoral economic, social and environmental policies and plans that are operating in the country. To varying degrees, a range of international and local organizations, networks and bilateral donors have provided technical assistance towards strengthening planning processes for sustainable development in Kenya. This has included embellishment of national green growth strategies, including in recent years national low-emission development.

Kenya is developing fast. Both National and county governments are challenged to meet the needs of the poor, provide basic services, and build the infrastructure required to keep pace with growing populations. At the same time, Kenya aspire to develop its economy, create jobs, attract dynamic new industries and provide resilient communities with prosperous livelihoods for its citizens. Ultimately, both national and county governments aim to do that while safeguarding local environments and protecting precious natural resources.

ECAS promotes green growth planning as a positive approach to smart integration of social inclusion and environmental protection into planning processes. To support an effective and successful transition to Green Growth in Kenya, it is thus necessary to assess the current status of growth, understand emerging growth patterns and trends and develop strategies that can guide growth to be (at a minimum) efficient and (ideally) bring in a paradigm shift for transformative and just transition to green growth in Kenya.

It is upon this information that ECAS Institute has been collaborating with partners such as NatureMetrics- UK, FES-Kenya, Pan-Africa Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), the Kenya Industrial Institute (KIE) and the Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation of the University of Nairobi (ICCA/UoN) to host stakeholder workshops on ‘Strengthening Planning and Implementation Capacities for Sustainable Development Agenda’. The workshops are purposed to interrogate green growth in the context of development initiatives in the country and to examine how implementation stratagems could be further strengthened and streamlined in post-Paris context, especially if green economy policies are to be used as a tool to achieve a just transition.

These dialogue workshops are attended by government officials, private sector representatives, NGOs and civil society, sector specialists, academia and others.

The outputs from these workshops include:

  • A detailed report covering proceedings;
  • A summary of key recommendations including guidelines for strengthening the national planning processes;
  • Establishing and strengthening communities of practice (Working Groups) A strategy for scaling up of successful practices