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Urban Subsistence, Urban-Rural Links and Social Mutations in the City: Burundian and Kenyan Cases at a Glance
Mr. Jackson Kago, the Chairman, Department of Spatial Planning and Urban Management attending a workshop at The French Research Institute in Africa (IFRA) between 13th - 14th December 2018 at IFRA Nairobi titled: Urban Subsistence, Urban-Rural Links and Social Mutations in the City: Burundian and Kenyan Cases at a Glance

Spatial Planning and Urban Management

Kenya has witnessed rapid urban growth rates of around 5%, which have seen the urban population rise from 8% at independence to 34% currently. The department of spatial planning and urban management was initiated to train specialists in spatial planning and urban management that are well grounded in both theoretical and empirical analysis of planning approaches and processes in the face of globalisation to better respond to growing challenges of rapid urbanisation. The country has made efforts to train skilled manpower in spatial planning and urban management, but the rapid growth in demand has far exceeded supply. In addition, there is also need to sharpen training and research in spatial planning while deepening specialization in areas such as urban and regional planning. Such specialists should be able develop innovative solutions to planning and environmental problems while taking cognisance of planning history and the emerging African spatial forms.

Spatial planning takes place on local, regional, national and inter-national levels and often result in the creation of a spatial plan. Discrete professional disciplines which involve spatial planning include land use, urban, regional, transport and environmental planning. Other related areas are also important, including economic and community planning. Graduates from programs in this department will be employed in both the public and private sector as physical planners, spatial analysts, land-use planners, urban planners, project managers and related disciplines in national and county governments.

Planning is a dynamic profession that works to improve the welfare of people and their communities by creating more convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient and attractive places for present and future generations. Planning enables civic leaders, businesses, and citizens to play a meaningful role in creating communities that enrich people's lives. Good planning helps create communities that offer better choices for where and how people live. Planning helps communities to envision their future. It helps them find the right balance of new development and essential services, environmental protection, and innovative change.

The following are the programs in the department:

KIP is the organization for professional spatial planners in Kenya. The AAK has a town planning chapter that also caters for the interest of Architect planners.  Internationally, the Commonwealth Association of Planners offer accreditation for Spatial, urban and regional planning. The African Association of Planning Schools is a regional association for schools of planning which aims at quality training, research and collaboration in curriculum development and peer reviews.

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