Diaspora for Rural Development

Comments Off

Rural development generally refers to the process of improving the quality of life and economic well-being of people living in relatively isolated and sparsely populated areas. Rural development has traditionally centered on the exploitation of land-intensive natural resources such as agriculture and forestry. However, changes in global production networks and increased urbanization have changed the character of rural areas.

The Serengeti Approach

SIG takes the same approach defined above to create Enclaves that have a total package approach.  In most remote parts of Kenya, the idea of living there is not attractive and those that live there feel isolated and out of touch. Development projects are ignored and it becomes hard to settle there. The SIG approach is hence centered on making these areas more attractive by  improving the quality of life and economic well-being of people living in relatively isolated and sparsely populated areas. Our enclaves would be created in the center of these isolated regions and enhance the entire social-economic platform of the area. SIG would create this synergy using the following techniques by drawing upon the expertise of diaspora talent to:

  • create viable business ventures
  • develop niche manufacturing industries
  • use  education, entrepreneurship, physical infrastructure, and social infrastructure all to create a vibrant and self-sufficient community
  • increase tourism as an income-generating project
  • take a  wider perspective that focuses more on a broad range of development goals rather than merely creating incentive for agricultural or resource based businesses.
  • use SIG’s rural development strategy  that emphasis on locally produced economic development strategies
  • think global, but use local.