I was privileged to be part of the audience and gathered some points to reflect on..
Joseph was reflecting on various issues including his last decade at the helm of the most successful company in East Africa.
The few i gathered are:
1. ICT industry is the only industry that can create tremendous number of new jobs- Michael Joseph #MJReflections
3. Government is supposed to play an enabling role & not a repressive role. – #MJReflections
11. Do it because it is Right. Do it because it makes sense- Michael Joseph #MJReflections
16. If you outsource customer care or quality, you loose the opportunity to build your own capacity/infrastructure – #MjReflections
17. “We are in business so we innovate to make money. Innovation is a tool but to make more money” – Michael Joseph on #DisruptiveTechnology
18. Social Media gives people an excuse to be irresponsible. _ Michael Joseph speaking on SocialMedia || #MjReflections
19. As a manager, you must make decisions. If you get 7 decisions right out of 10, that is cool. Lead from the front – Michael Joseph
20. As a manager, you must make decisions. If you get 7 decisions right out of 10, thats cool. Lead from the front – Michael Joseph
21. 20-25% growth a year || The annual growth rate of Safaricom #MjReflections
22. “The link went down”, “the server is congested” etc the standard excuses of IT guys hahahaa- Michael Joseph #MJReflections
23. We encourage innovation. We have worked hard for this- Michael Joseph, CEO of a billion-dollar company says #MjReflections
25. #Okoajahazi 1.5million Ksenyans borrowed instant credit from safaricom even though they had their phones loaded = 15MillionProfit on the 1st day of its launch
27. Congestion || Another language for saying “hey guyz we really dont have enough cash to beef up the network hahaaha – #MjRefflections
28. June 2001 || The year safaricom was ahead of Kencell in terms of Market share- Michael Joseph #Reflections Key Per second billing
Be all you can be!
Many projects in the built environment stall or are blatantly delayed for lack of a proper knowledge on the basics of an Environmental impact Assessment. It could also be due to ignoring the provisions of Environmental Law as it applies to a particular development.
The building process is a complex one and it is prudent for one to have a grasp on the basics of an EIA
What is an EIA?
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is “the process of identifying, predicting, evaluating, and identifying and selecting options for mitigating the effects of proposals for development projects prior to finalizing project designs and committments.”
It is thus obvious that the assessment is an exercise that begins at the Project Definition stage. Some ignore it and end up getting stranded midstream during project implementation when the authorities step on the scene.
Framework for EIA
In Kenya, The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) is established under the Environmental Management and Coordination Act (EMCA) No. 8 of 1999, as the principal instrument of government in the implementation of all policies relating to the environment.
The Authority became operational on 1st July 2002
The European Union provides separate guidelines for environmental assessment that is undertaken for individual projects or for plans, programs, and policie(“Strategic Environmental Assessment”)
There are also International Standards such as the ‘ISO 14000″ or the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo Convention)
Objectives of Environmental Impact Assessments:
The EIA should identify feasible and cost-effective measures that may reduce potentially significant adverse environmental impacts to acceptable levels. The plan includes compensatory measures if mitigation measures are not , cost-effective, or sufficient.
1. European Union, “Environmental assessment, “
2.International Organization for Standardisation, “ISO 14000 Essentials“
3. NEMA, Website
4.United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, “Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context.”
David Nahinga || @UjenziBora
History has shown that rapid urban growth in Africa has a tendency to translate directly into informal settlement and urban slum proliferation.
Unless this rapid urban growth is effectively and sensibly guided, Africa will face the realities of the equation Mega Cities = Mega Slums
In 2025, it is projected that Kinshasa, Lagos and Cairo will be the world’s 11th, 12th and 13th largest urban conglemerations.
In 2025, Kinshasa will be Africa’s largest city with 16.7 million inhabitants. Lagos will be second with 15.8 million citizens, slightly more than Cairo’s projected 15.5 million inhabitants.
If present growth rates persist, Africa may have more than 1.2 billion urban dwellers by 2050! (UN-Habitat)
For our case here in Nairobi, i do not know what comes to your mind about the newly emerging urban spatial configurations?
One thing is certain, we must be prepared for the change that is coming. Currently there is very scanty data on City-Wide trends. How i wish some powers-that-be would step in and make such information publicly available.
Speculators or Statistics?
Picture this: In 1950, there were only two African cities exceeding one million inhabitants with a combined population of 3.4 million and an average size of 1.7 million. In 2005, there were 43 African cities exceeding one million inhabitants with an average size of 2.56 million and a combined population of more than 110 million people.
In the case of land prices, too many Speculators are hoarding land and hiking the prices based on their perceived gains.
But my guess is that the biggest winners will be those that will be able to “Compete for the Future Today”. Knowledge is key. Urban dwellers need to know where the City is going otherwise old age strikes with no warning and one might find themselves trapped in Youth in very aged bodies and a sophisticated urban environment! The landscape is changing…
If there is a rapid projection of increased Rural-Urban migration, most likely Africa needs to focus on building capacity among its small and medium-sized cities to deliver and facilitate adequate housing, livelihoods and services for spiraling numbers of poor urban dwellers.
All this data and statistics goes on to demonstrate the fact the family of man is truly in a “Great Procession”
“I know a man, a common farmer- the father of five sons;
And in them were the fathers of sons- and in them were the fathers of sons“
– Walt Whitman, Poet
David Nahinga | @UjenziBora
1. The State of African Cities at a Glance – ECA-CEA, UN-Habitat, 2008