Sustainable investment in infrastructure and innovation are crucial drivers of economic growth and development. However, inadequate infrastructure remains a major obstacle towards Africa achieving its full economic growth potential. Greater economic activity, enhanced efficiency and increased competitiveness are hampered by inadequate transport, communication, water and energy infrastructure. With Africa seen as one of the world’s fastest growing economic hubs, meeting the demand for key infrastructure has been identified as a priority.
The infrastructure sector is expected to play a pivotal role in steering Kenya’s economy towards a middle-income level as envisaged in vision 2030. Furthermore, owing to the second Medium Term Plan(MTPII) under the theme: “Deploying world class infrastructure facilities and service”, the strategies adopted for the successful improvement of transport and infrastructure both at county and national government have brought both achievements to the sector as well as challenges that continue to plague the transport sector. Thus, a working group was set up to develop a data community that was tasked in developing a framework for development data that would among others enable individuals and organizations to actively engage in local decisions that impact on local communities.
County and national Governments need to engage with the community by providing information to and consulting with individuals and organizations. The data community was to ensure a data driven mechanism that guarantees members of the community are involved in local and national decision-making. This in turn set the pace for the Ideation meeting of key champions of the transport industry.
The Ennova III Ideation Challenge is as a result of the Ennova III Ideation Meeting held on November 2016 that brought together directors from the public and private sectors in the transport industry to agree on priority actions concerning data and sustainable transport at a national level.
The dialogue which ensued confirmed consensus in the understanding of sustainable transport as an enabler of economic prosperity, quality of life and societal empowerment, and a tool for reducing the impact of lifestyles on our natural resources and climate. Substantively the meeting broadly addressed issues inclusive of data accessibility, human health, natural resources, road safety, and social cohesion.