Friday, August 22, 2014

EMBU Local Urban Forum...PROMOTING BETTER AND SMARTER URBANIZATION IN THE NEW COUNTIES OF KENYA


Kenya Community Based Tourism Network (KECOBAT) is proud to be associated with Embu Local Urban Forums (ELUF). Local Urban Forums are a product of a mapping and profiling survey carried out by the Civil Society Urban Development Programme (CSUDP) in June 2011, generating a database of over 900 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in fifteen (15) major towns of Kenya. This database is available at www.csudp.org/csodatabase/. The 15 towns are Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, Eldoret, Thika, Embu, Nyeri, Malindi, Naivasha, Kakamega, Machakos, Garissa, Kitui and Kericho.

Embu Local Urban Forum publicly launch the ' Local Urban
Torch Campaign’ in the town at the Municipal Council offices
The LUFs are a mutli-stakeholder platform for promoting constructive urban dialogue and consensus building on key urban issues relevant for sustainable local urban development as Kenya embraces devolution. Guided by the participatory principles as enshrined in the constititution of Kenya and espoused through the Urban Areas and Cities Act (2011) amongst other devolution Acts of Parliament, the LUFs have been strongly endorsed by many local urban stakeholders, including government ministries, local governments and agencies such as the UNHABITAT. This is exemplified through the ‘Safari Park Declaration’ of July 2012 that committed the various state and non-state agencies to a common pact (www.csudp.org/kmp/).

The Local Urban Forum Actions

Amongst the Local Urban Forum actions is one that is promoting a national urban awareness campaign challenging popular conceptions about Kenyan towns and seeking to place the urban poor at the core of decision making under the banner “Whose Town is it, Anyway?”.


The campaign has been organized as collaboration with the Ministry responsible for Local Government and the Association of Local Government Authorities of Kenya (ALGAK) in partnership with a number of private sector organizations.

Embu Local Urban Forum showcase its intiatives during the
World Habitat Day- 2012 national celebrations at the
Embu Municipal Stadium
The LUFs have been instrumental as a platform for national policy influence having effectively contributed to the formulation of the National Urban Development Policy (NUDP) and the ongoing National Slum Upgrading and Prevention Policy (NSUPP). Other policies where the LUF influence has been registered include the Evictions and Resettlement Bill and the Community Land Bill amongst a host of others.

The LUFs serve as a platform for local debate and knowledge sharing to address the national sense of urgency to reduce urban poverty, cut back energy consumption, cut air and water pollution, and promote cleaner, safer, greener cities where all feel they belong, whether rich or poor. Furthermore, by challenging popular conceptions about Kenyan towns, the dialogue seeks to bring in new thinking and awareness of the importance of living in a better and smarter urban nation.

THE EMBU COUNTY LOCAL URBAN FORUM

Embu Local Urban Forum (ELUF), is one amongst the 14 Local Urban Forums established through the initiative of CSUDP in Kenya, and comprises of over seventy (70) registered Civil Society Organizations (CSO’S) operating within the urban centre of Embu.

A coordinating committee comprising of eight members, that is, 5 representatives of the CSO’s, the Embu Municipal Council Town Clerk , District Development Officer (DDO), and the DGSDO manages the affairs of ELUF. Lately the LUF has gained representation from the informal sector and the academia.

Ongoing projects

  • Formal introduction and recognition of our forum/activities to the new county government.
  • Strengthening including legal registration of the county social forum to represent the “citizens fora”.
  • Pushing for the legal MOU on solid waste management with the county set up.
  • Request to the Kenya Forest Service for our forum to be allowed to manage, rehabilitate and conserve part of our already dilapilitated forest areas.



Partnerships/Linkages

  • National Environment Management Authority
  • Ministry of Public Health
  • Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Dev.
  • International Republic Institute
  • Commission on Administrative Justice
  • UN HABITAT
  • EMBU County government
  • Kenya Community Based Tourism Network (KECOBAT)
  • CSUDP and partners (Hakijamii, NACHU)
  • Greater Mt. Kenya Ecosystems, biodiversity Network and Nepad


Future Focus
  • A strong, audible and results oriented citizens fora for Embu county, able to monitor and question poor service delivery by the county government.
  • A secure, clean and habitable town of Embu where all basic services including housing (adequate and affordable), sanitation, food, sewage and general infrastructure is in place.
  • Industries and adequate job opportunities
  • Proper governance allowing for topmost citizen’s participation.

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For any enquiries please contact the Chair
Mr. Peter Muchangi
P.o Box 55, Embu Tel: +254 723 940 425
Email: embuluf@yahoo.com OR muchangi.peter@yahoo.com


An intiative of:

Civil Society Urban Development Programme Secretariat
Methodist Ministries Centre, Block B (2nd Flr), Oloitoktok Rd Lavington
P.o Box, 19608 - 00202 Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 20 4947200 Fax: +254 20 4947210 Cell: +254 713 091601 +254 737 711219
Email: secretariat@csudp.org
Web: www.csudp.org

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