The Context of Kenya Vision 2030
Kenya Vision 2030 is the new country’s development blueprint covering the period 2008 to 2030. It aims at making Kenya a newly industrializing, “middle income country providing high quality life for all its citizens by the year 2030”. The Vision has been developed through an all-inclusive stakeholder consultative process, involving Kenyans from all parts of the country. The vision is based on three “pillars” namely; the economic pillar, the social pillar and the political pillar. This vision’s programme plan comes after the successful implementation of the Economic Recovery Strategy for Wealth and Employment Creation (ERS) which has seen the country’s economy back on the path to rapid growth since 2002, when GDP grew at 0.6% rising to 6.1% in 2006. The relationships between the pillars can be seen in Exhibit One below.
The economic pillar aims at providing prosperity of all Kenyans through an economic development programme aimed at achieving an average Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate of 10 % per annum the next 25 years. The social pillar seeks to build “a just and cohesive society with social equity in a clean and secure environment”. The political pillar aims at realizing a democratic political system founded on issue-based politics that respects the rule of law, and protects the rights and freedoms of every individual in the Kenyan society.
The Kenya Vision 2030 is to be implemented in successive five-year Medium Term plans with the first such plan covering the period 2008 – 2012. For that reason the reader will find frequent references to projects and programs scheduled for implementation between 2008 and 2012. Currently, a detailed 5-year development plan (2008-2012) is being prepared under the coordination of the Ministry of Planning and National Development. After 2010 another five-year plan will be produced covering the period 2012 to 2017, and so on till 2030.