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Workshop Explores Data Innovations and Earth Observation for Informed Decision-Making in Kenya

KSA engaged stakeholders in a workshop held at a Nairobi hotel on Data Innovations and Earth Observation to strengthen Decision support and enhance Urban resilience in Kenya.

The workshop brought together representatives from pertinent government agencies (both National and County levels), the World Bank, International Agencies, Academia and private companies engaged in Spatial planning and urban development.

This was to explore strategies to map and monitor the growth of urban centres in Kenya, facilitating decision-making and informing policy on urban planning. Central to the discussion was the proposition of establishing an urban observatory, which would serve as a centralised platform housing diverse datasets on urban and human settlements, and facilitating visualization of temporal changes.

Some of the highlights from the deliberations include:

1. ๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฎ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜:
Discussions centred on developing a comprehensive roadmap encompassing data collection l, dissemination, analysis, and tool utilisation to bolster data-driven decision-making.

2. ๐—–๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐˜† ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€:
Various stakeholders presented case studies, offering insights into adaptable models for Kenya's context.

3. ๐—ฆ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—จ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ข๐—ฏ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜†:
Detailed discussions were held to outline the framework of the Urban Observatory, define its objectives, involve stakeholders and address pertinent issues and gaps.

4. ๐—ฆ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—˜๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜:
Recognising the importance of continuous data collection and institutional support, discussions highlighted the integration of tertiary institution students in data collection efforts and internship programmes.

5. ๐—”๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—œ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐˜€:
It is envisaged that the establishment of the Urban Observatory will play a pivotal role in empowering both National and County governments with the requisite data-driven insights to formulate informed policies, particularly in infrastructure development and revenue generation.

The workshop underscored the critical importance of data integration from diverse stakeholders, emphasizing its utility in driving informed decision-making processes. It served as a crucial platform for fostering collaboration among stakeholders and laying the groundwork for a robust urban development support system in Kenya and a Community of practice.


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