Kisumu City, the Sunset City
Kisumu is the third city of Kenya, with a population at the county level of 1,155,575 inhabitants (2019 census); and at the city level of approximately 567,963 (Kisumu Central, East and West sub-counties).
Established in 1901 building upon the railway and the port, Kisumu benefits from the strategic geographical position at the crossroads of three countries: Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. The town is the hub of communication networks (railway lines, commercial roads, air transportation) that serve most of Western Kenya. This fact has facilitated its dominance as the administrative,
industrial, and commercial center of this region.
It also serves as the communication and trading confluence for the Great Lakes Region-Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.
How to take the
Kisumu City Plan Vision For 2040
Building together the vibrant lake metropolis.
A metropolis is defined on 3 scales:
1.the metropolitanterritory, i.e. the city itself (urban area)
2.the region under direct influence (hinterland) and
3.the large region in which it is integrated (economic region).
For Kisumu these three scales are:
Understanding the city through 7 thematic areas
These are social and cultral interaction and how they influence the growth of the city moving forward.
City economy and employment
Kisumu owes its growth as the Hub of the Lake Region to the development of key infrastructures, with an improved transport network.
The environment of Kisumu’s Urban area is determined by how the people and city of Kisumu treat and manage their environment.
Heritage and Tourism
Kisumu is endowed with tourism resources including community-based tourism products, natural attractions, heritage products and hospitality.
Housing and land tenure
Land tenure refers to the rights to land and the institutional arrangements under which land is held, used and transferred.
Mobility and Transport
This requires strategies and plans that are climate smart and resilient, and that the city works with its neighbouring catchment counties.
Social infrastructure refers to the interdependent mix of facilities, places, spaces and services that enhance the living standards and quality of life.
Utilities and infrastructure
Infrastructure, particularly physical component comprises basic structures/ systems that are a prerequisite for the socioeconomic development of a City.