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Friday, July 25, 2003
Smart City 2020 Nairobi Conference date reset to May 5-8, 2004.

Third Circular, July 2003

Smart City 2020 Nairobi Conference:

Creating a blueprint for the Sustainable African City

Kenyatta International Conference Center

Nairobi, Kenya

May 5-8, 2004


The forthcoming Smart City 2020 Nairobi Conference: Creating a Blueprint for the sustainable African City will focus on strategies for transforming African cities to become livable, safe, prosperous and sustainable through a comprehensive process of discussion among stakeholders, practitioners, development organizations, and theoretical researchers/academics around 12 major issues; 1. Safety, 2. Water, 3. Waste Management, 4. Poverty Eradication (Job Creation), 5. Education, 6.Health, 7.Housing and sanitation, 8.Good Governance & Accountability, 9. Information and Communication Technology 10. Transportation 11. Environment and Aesthetics 12.Tourism, culture and heritage.

400 participants are expected to attend, with a maximum of thirty participants in each topic category. Inclusion in the topic category will be on a first come basis. Preference will be given to 1. Representatives of key organizations in that topic area/field. 2. Researchers/theoreticians in that topic area/field.

How you can participate

1. Through pre-conference Workshops

Twelve pre-conference workshops are being organized to discuss the best practices, challenges and way forward on each of the topics. One or more organizations will take the lead in coordinating a workshop on the particular topic. The representative of the coordinating organization (s) shall serve as the chair (co-chairs) of the topic from pre-conference workshop through the conference stages, including report drafting and writing. Leading organizations in particular topic fields are encouraged to volunteer in coordinating the workshops. The representatives of coordinating organizations shall also automatically become part of the national steering committee.

2. Through Internet discussion

Online discussions shall continue right up to early June 2003. All stakeholders are being urged to take active part in the Internet discussions. To join the discussion forum, please send an e-mail to transform_nairobi-subscribe@yahoogroups.com or to info@transformnairobi.org.

3. Through Paper presentation

You can write a research/analytical or prescriptive paper for presentation in the conference, and /or for inclusion in the proceedings.

4. At the Conference

Everyone is encouraged to prepare to participate actively in the discussions on the floor during the conference.

5. Volunteer

There is almost unlimited need for volunteers (electronically, locally or remote). We thank those who have graciously offered to volunteer, and are humbled by or the enthusiastic responses the preliminary announcements have elicited. We welcome more offers from Nairobians and friends of Nairobi all over the globe. Finally, I take this opportunity to welcome you to Nairobi in June. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to combine an important learning experience with a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience and join us in Nairobi for the Smart City 2020 Nairobi Conference: Creating a Blueprint for the sustainable African City.


The output will be in the form of published proceedings entitled A blueprint for constructing the Sustainable African City. The blueprint will be presented to the city of Nairobi for implementation and will serve as a guide for start-jumping African cities into the path of sustainable development.


Regular registration deadline, December 31, 2003

Late registration Deadline March 31, 2004

Abstract Deadline, December 31, 2003

Deadline for Contributed Paper for the Proceeding, December 31, 2003


Papers should fall in one of the 12 topics being discussed. Please send the electronic files (Microsoft Word) of your abstracts as an attachment to an e-mail to the following conference e-mail address, no later than March 31, 2003. Please note that the size of the attached file does not exceed 1 Mbyte. Conference e-mail address:conference@transformnairobi.org

Abstracts will be accepted on one page abstract base including references in an A4-sized paper and should not exceed 400 words. They should include the title, authors' name and affiliations, keyword, statement of the problem, method of approach, results, and conclusions. Please identify the corresponding author with an asterisk and his / her complete address, telephone number, fax number and e-mail address.
Authors contributing the papers for proceedings should submit their materials by May 31, 2003

1.Paper template

a) Main paper

o Please us MS word

o Paper should be between 4 to 10 pages.
Please contact tegi@transformnairobi.org, if it exceeds 10 pages

b) Appendix

o Movie contents are acceptable as appendix. (MPEG or AVI format, maximum size of movie file is 100 Mbytes)

o Please attach the caption for the movie in text file.(free format)

2.The materials to submit

a) Please submit a floppy disk or a CD-ROM including all materials with your full name attached.

- The file naming guideline
Main paper:[your_name].doc(or pdf)
Appendix movies:[your name].avi
Caption of movies: caption.txt

b) We need a hard copy of your paper in order to check the above electronic materials.

Ms. Yvonne Karen Malinda,


Smart City 2020 Nairobi Conference
Transform Nairobi,

PO Box 4777-00200, Nairobi, Kenya

Phone: +254-733-821077
: conference@transformnairovi.org


Oral presentations may be given. Each oral presentation will take 20 minutes for contributed papers and 30 minutes for invited papers, and 45 minutes for plenary lecture, including question and discussion. The official languages of the conference are English and Swahili.

Audiovisual Equipment

The meeting rooms will be equipped by a PC (Windows), computer data projector, an overhead projector, video player (VHS) and a microphone. All speakers should prepare the floppy or CD-ROM with the presentation data, and bring a copy to the conference desk. If you will talk using your PC brought by yourself, inform the conference desk before presentation.


Regular registration fee includes attendance of conference, meals for 4 days, a copy of abstract book, CD-ROM proceeding to be published in December, 2003.

registration fee by December 31, 2003$190US for international participants $33US for Local participants After December 31, 2004$230US for international participants $39US for Local participants


The conference will be held both at the Kenyatta International Conference Center and Charter Hall, 3 minutes walk from each other.


Hotels will be prepared for participants within downtown Nairobi and within walking distance to the conference. Participants are responsible for their own accommodation fees (more details will be released soon).


Pre-Conference Thematic Tours of the city

May 4, (Tue) 9.00-17.00 Pre-Conference thematic tours of the city

Demonstration & Exhibition

May 7 (Fri) 9:00-17:00 Demonstration & Exhibition

May 8 (Sat) 9:00-15:00 Demonstration & Exhibition

African Gala Party

May 7 (Fri) from 18.00 Dinner, Music, Theatre, Concert

Post-Conference Safari outside the city

May 9 (Sun) Tour of Eco-tourism site (pre-registration required, details TBA)

About the Organizers

Transform Nairobi aims to advance sustainable development in the city of Nairobi

By 1. Enabling the participation of residents in creating a new vision for the

City, as well as facilitating their participation in planning, decision-making

and implementation of city goals. 2.Encourage collaboration and partnership among stakeholders in identifying problems and searching for home grown solutions.

3. Empower residents in solving problems within their neighborhoods.

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Sunday, July 20, 2003
The Delegates' Historic Duty: An Open Letter to the delegates of the National Constitutional Conference

Your historic task is to decide how power is to be distributed in society. Power can be defined as the means to do things. In Kenya since 1890, the control of power is what has been determining who eats five meals a day and who eats one meal in five days, who have been able to afford the best private schools for their kids and those who can only hope that the free primary education remains "free" long enough till their children "graduate" in standard eight. Political and economic power go hand in hand. If you look at those who are rich in Kenya today, the majority have had something to do with government; either as politicians, civil servants, sponsors/bribers of politicians/civil servants and or beneficiaries of "fixed" tender systems, fake road building/export compensation schemes etc. Government has therefore been but a means for extorting taxes from Wananchi for the enrichment of a few. The rich in Kenya thus do not create any new wealth since it is basically Wananchi's productive sweat being transferred from their many hands through the state coffers into the hands of a few public officials and their collaborators. This is precisely why the standard of living of an average Kenyan is lower than it was in 1963.

These people gain from government in this way because the system in Kenya thus far has been undemocratic. The essence of that lack of democracy is encapsuled in the concentration of power. When power is concentrated, only a few people are needed to be consulted for major decisions to be made. When no check and balances exist in the constitution, the decision-makers have the leeway to make decisions that benefit them arbitrarily or through collusion. Under the present constitution, the executive can make any decision with little challenge from any quarter. At the same time, the legislature, which is actually one and the same as the executive, can make any decision and no one can do anything about it. The proposed devolution of power is therefore aimed at dissipating power so that more and more people are privy to the decisions, and government can stop being a vehicle for enriching a few, and become a means for enabling Wananchi to create wealth in a secure, supportive and equitable environment. By devolving power to districts, Wananchi can have a say on how resources are divided. It is the ultimate check and balance.


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Kenya moves towards a brave new era

Kenya: Towards A Brave New Era
Kenyans have booted out the corrupt autocratic rule of Daniel Arap Moi's KANU. This is a major step forward on the road towards democratization. The constitutional review process which is set to resume on August 29, 2003 promises to devolve power to the localities so that Wananchi in their localities can have a say in charting a sustainable future.

A new constitutional dispensation will catapult Kenya into a brave new era.

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