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Sustainability through Collaboration

In a local community like Nyakongo, there are so many actors, both in the private and the public sector, from academia, businesses, civil society to governmental agencies, all working towards transformation of the village. However, these actors are often engaged in piecemeal, sectoral work without cross-agency communication and corporation. For example, an NGO’s health project provided the People Living with Aids (PLWA) with ARVs and food supplements leaving the task of providing safe water to other actors who are yet to come. The government built schools and subsidized educational fees, but ignored the students’ access to food and proper study environment back at home.  Such piecemeal approaches often yield unintended negative results or don’t achieve holistic change. One solution may result in another problem and group conflicts. For example, provision of improved housing can lead to massive deforestation; economic empowerment of women in absence of men can lead to tension within the households because of the fathers feeling excluded. No known youth-led organization has ventured in  holistic transformation of a specific community.  Many student efforts are one off activities without clear follow-ups and sustainability plans.

Nyakongo2030 provides a framework that co-ordinates the actions of the public, private, voluntary and community organizations that operate within the community to ensure efficiency and systemic change. It presents a case for holistic community transformation through a combination of habitat-based technological innovations and non-habitat-based social innovation.

It provides a physical and social laboratory for actualization of local, national and international development blue prints such as the Kisumu County Integrated Development Plan, The Lake Region Economic Blueprint (2015), Kenya’s Vision 2030, Kenya’s Green Economy Strategy and Implementation Plan (GESIP), the Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).