01-01-2015 As a Kenyan Liaison for DASUDA, Naomi is part of the RAIN project team. The project is a partnership between the Uasin Gishu and Kiambu County County Governments, The Dutch Government and DASUDA (Dutch Alliance for Urban Development in Africa).
The RAIN project is an abbreviation of Regional Agro Industrial Networks and focuses on How planning can be beneficial to leverage economic development in the relation between rural agriculture and urban industries. RAIN is not only looking at the high scale levels, but has a specific objective to work through the various scales to showcase the concrete outcome of a tangible project. This can be for instance a consolidation centre where raw materials from the region are being delivered, stored, processed, packed and shipped from. The exact business case will be derived from the planning process, the potentials in the region and the demand of local parties and interest by investors from Kenya and beyond.
In the first stage workshop in November the two year program was started in each County in mutual collaboration between the Kenyan and Dutch partners by spending a day talking through process, objectives, available data and knowledge and a second day visiting various location of interest in the County. The demonstrated passion of our partners enthuse us to make planning a driving force in economic prosperity in these places. (DASUDA, November 2013)