SRI is currently represented in the Africities Summit in Kisumu running through 17th to 21st May 2021.
Key to SRI as part of the Development partners within the region is the alarming rate of urban population that continue posting challenges to both growth and development of intermediary cities like Kisumu County.
Key to this, are the sessions held with members from across the globe to discuss, among others:
1. Leveraging E-Mobility in the transport sector. Trade industries have major contribution to support a carbon free environment in the intermediary cities, in order to conform with Vision 2030 of the UN and Agenda 2063 of the AU;
2. The next 50 cities: Charter Cities African Action plan (CCI);
3. Partnerships for sustainable cities: The Way forward.
Today, 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 68% by 2050. Projections show that urbanization, the gradual shift in residence of the human population from rural to urban areas, combined with the overall growth of the world’s population could add another 2.5 billion people to urban areas by 2050, with close to 90% of this increase taking place in Asia and Africa, according to a new United Nations data (2018).
This means more pollution, more unemployment, more demand for services and commodities in health among others.
How ready are our programs towards addressing these challenges?