Wednesday, April 21, 2021
A Look At Sustainable Development In Kenya: An Analysis Of Environmental, Natural Resources, Health And Infrastructure Governance
Edwin Kimani, A Look At Sustainable Development In Kenya: An Analysis Of Environmental, Natural Resources, Health And Infrastructure Governance, SSRN:
Since attaining independence, Kenya has been keen on development. Recently, the development discourse in Kenya has adopted sustainable development sentiments by adopting the concepts of sustainable development within its development frameworks. This is due to the realization that whilst striving to fulfill the needs and aspirations of the current generation, it must also guarantee the ability of future generations to meet their needs. This research discusses the challenges bedeviling the attainment of sustainable development in Kenya through the lenses of gender, environmental and natural resource governance, infrastructure as well as food security. These themes have been debated a lot, without yielding a consensus on the suitable approach to sustainable development. This has resulted to more abstract development frameworks whose legal status is unclear. This chapter posits that the ideas and frameworks of sustainable development in Kenya are not well articulated, have no proper legal standing and do not bind on the government. It concludes that there should be a paradigm shift from statements of intention to a sound, inclusive and binding framework that guides successive governments.