Laikipia Consortium, Kenya

  • City population: 
  • GDP – city: 
    Less than USD 10,000
  • Average number of years of schooling: 

A largely rural yet cosmopolitan city

Laikipia Consortium is a largely rural yet cosmopolitan city with over 23 communities. The municipality is a centre for farms, ranches and nature reserves. It is also the main base for the Kenyan Air Force and a training area for the British Army. The city’s main activity is wildlife conservation. Agriculture, livestock rearing, retail and wholesale trade are further important economic activities. 

Vision and Strategy

As a learning city, we are working towards establishing pre-primary, ready-to-learn programmes for young people, establishing a transition fund to guarantee that learners progress from primary to high school, and setting up offline resource centres to promote financial, digital and basic literacy among people living in the city. We aim to create inclusive education and social environments in all areas of the city.

Policies, Plan and Implementation

Sustainability and health

  • The city integrates issues of sustainability and health by promoting integrated water, energy and food programmes that ensure that the population has an adequate supply of clean energy, water and food, and to prevent diseases while adapting to climate change.

Equity and inclusion

  • The city actively seeks to create equal learning opportunities and address barriers to equity within the community, such as female genital mutilation. Initiatives are in place to increase awareness of the issues, establish monitoring mechanisms to identify women and girls at risk, and set up moral support hubs, among others.

Decent work and entrepreneurship

  • The city integrates the concepts of decent work and entrepreneurship into its activities in two ways. First, the city supports micro-enterprises and has established industrial parks. Second, the city organizes cultural events to support and celebrate different cultures, languages and skills for employment.

Good practices

NIWFESS Framework/Integrated Mechanisms of Poverty Reduction for Sustainable Education and Development (IMPReSED)

  • These serve as a water, food and clean energy nexus to promote green and healthy living practices in the community. The hubs also provide learning opportunities.

Oppida Fund

  • A cofinanced revolving fund to promote a circular economy, which covers fair and micro-loans, crowdsourcing initiatives, pay-to-own schemes for basic needs, and academic advantage programmes to help low-income families enrol in education, among others.

Smart Access

  • Smart Access is an integrated digital platform that enables citizens to engage in e-commerce, access a learning library, attend courses in digital classrooms, and make public announcements. Members are also provided with tokens that offer discounts in shops and access to free WiFi in market areas.

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