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The Relationship between Smart city development and leadership
Luke Mitai Obala

Last modified: 2015-11-25


Kenya like her neighbours in the East African Community (EAC) has embarked on reforming her institutions and modernising her infrastructure as well as development processes. The overall strategy aims at reconstruction, deepening structural reforms and governance, improving infrastructure, reducing income inequality and creating jobs. This is anticipated will help propel to - new industrialising, middle income country by the year 2030. The realisation of the dream requires an environment conducive for innovation.

Urban areas like Nairobi are expected to lead in the by providing transforming into smart cities. However for a city to such a role it must have visionary leadership capable for mobilising the resources needed to achieve the goal. Visionary leadership has however been limited in many parts of the world including Nairobi. Yet it is central to unlocking the potentials of urban areas.


The adoption of a new constitution in 2010 as well as institutional reforms was by the country expected to contribute to a more focused leadership in the country and spar smart development. Five years later, these hopes are turning to despair and new questions are emerging. This paper aims at exploring the relationship between leadership and development of smart cities. It will thus highlight the role of leadership in the development of smart cities using Nairobi for the illustration.


Key Words: City, Smart, Leadership and Nairobi