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Kisumu 2.0 Urban Thinkers Campus – Urbanization & Climate Change

Are you ready to join the conversation about the future of Kisumu? Do you want to learn from inspiring speakers, network with like-minded people, and contribute to the vision of a resilient, inclusive, and sustainable city for all?

We are excited to announce that the Kisumu 2.0 Urban Thinkers Campus (UTC) will take place on August 26, 2023, as a side event at the TEDxKisumu Countdown at the Sarova Imperial Hotel. The UTC is a World Urban Campaign initiative that provides a platform for urban stakeholders to exchange ideas and solutions for sustainable urban development.

The event will feature keynote speakers, panel discussions, workshops, and networking sessions that will explore how Kisumu can address the challenges and opportunities of climate change, urbanization, and innovation.

What is a UTC?

It is a World Urban Campaign project that brings together stakeholders from different sectors and backgrounds to exchange ideas, share best practices, and co-create solutions for urban challenges. The UTC is a platform for dialogue, learning, and action that supports the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The theme of the Kisumu 2.0 UTC is “Transforming Kisumu: Building a Resilient, Inclusive and Sustainable City for All”.

The event will explore how Kisumu can leverage its cultural, social, economic, and environmental assets to foster innovation, creativity, and collaboration for urban transformation. The event will also showcase some of the amazing initiatives and projects that are already making a positive impact in Kisumu and beyond.

The event will bring together urban stakeholders from various sectors and backgrounds, such as government, academia, civil society, private sector, media, and youth, to share their perspectives and solutions for Kisumu’s urban future.


Our speakers at this UTC will be:

  • Climate Action and Environmental Sustainability – How can Kisumu enhance its capacity to cope with natural and human-made hazards, such as floods, droughts, epidemics, and conflicts? How can Kisumu reduce its environmental footprint and promote low-carbon and resource-efficient urban development? – Rebecca Achieng (Zero Waste Campaign Kenya)

  • Social Cohesion and Cultural Diversity – How can Kisumu ensure that all urban dwellers access adequate and affordable housing, basic services, education, health care, and social protection? How can Kisumu address the root causes of urban poverty, inequality, and marginalization? How can Kisumu promote a culture of peace, tolerance, and diversity in the city? – Easter Achieng (KEFEADO)

  • Economic Development and Innovation – How can Kisumu leverage its strategic location and potential as a regional trade, tourism, and culture hub? How can Kisumu foster a vibrant and inclusive urban economy that creates decent jobs and livelihoods for all, especially youth and women? How can Kisumu harness the opportunities of digitalization and innovation to improve urban services and quality of life? – Stephen Wanyingo (Wezesha Innovation Foundation)

  • Governance and Participation – How can Kisumu foster inclusive and participatory decision-making processes that involve all urban actors and reflect the city’s diversity? How can Kisumu implement integrated and coherent urban policies that align with the national and global frameworks such as the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals? – Steve Gome (County Government of Kisumu)

The Kisumu 2.0 UTC is open to anyone who is interested in urban issues and wants to be part of the change. Whether you are a student, a professional, an entrepreneur, an activist, an artist, or a citizen, you are welcome to join us and share your ideas, experiences, and aspirations for Kisumu.

You can register for free at and follow us on social media for updates.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the urban thinker’s community and to shape the future of Kisumu. Together, we can transform Kisumu into a resilient, inclusive, and sustainable city for all!

Article by Odiwuor Nyakach and republished from Amazing Kisumu Foundation Website (CC) - More information:

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