Driven by the need to see Kenya emerge from an economic decline and to move beyond Economic Recovery Strategy (ERS) to Sustained Social & Economic Development among other factors the Kenyan government, through its National Economic and Social Council (NESC) unveiled a grand national vision strategy for Kenya; the Vision 2030.
The Vision 2030 is meant to sustain the growth momentum achieved since 2003 where the GDP rose from 0.6% in 2002 to 6.1% in 2006, and also to achieve the targeted 10% annual growth rate. Such growth is expected to catapult the country to a middle income status by the year 2030. It is anchored on three key pillars; Economic, Social and Political pillars.
Economic Pillar The goal for this pillar is to maintain a sustained economic growth of 10% p.a. over the next 25 years. A robust and collaborative approach was followed to identify those sectors with the greatest potential to drive growth in the Kenyan economy:
- Wholesale and retail trade
- Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)
- Financial Services
- Education & Training
- Health Sector
- Water and Sanitation
- Housing and Urbanisation
- Gender, Vulnerable groups & Youth
- Social Equity and Poverty Reduction
According to the Kenya ICT Board, of the companies that participated in the applications process:
- 47 responded to the Education and Training sector.
- Water and Sanitation received no applicants.
- Tourism received only three.
11 companies received a V2030 ICT Innovation Award at a ceremony held in Diani, Mombasa on the 20th of April 2011 as part of the Kenya ICT Board’s Connected Kenya Summit. The winners each got a commemorative trophy, certificate and $1,000 prize money from Accenture. Ushahidi received the award for the Social Equity and Poverty reduction sector and this why !
Here is a list of the other winners in the different sectors.