Welcome to IGS

The Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development Studies (IGS) is registered in Kenya as a not for profit organization responding to the needs of the public, private sector and civil society for improved governance and sustainable development. IGS aims to enhance and actively participate in capacity building programmes, research, consultancy and other activities that promote interventions to the various challenges. Working across the whole of the East African sub-region, IGS focuses on both rural and urban challenges.

Foreword from the Executive Director

The biggest topic of the 21st century is “Sustainable Development.” Sustainable development that aims for the coexistence of the environment with social and economic development has been regarded as the best choice human beings can make and that cannot be deferred any longer.

Sustainable development is the logic of regional development which ensures that the use of resources and environment today does not restrict their use by future generations, thereby taking the impact on the environment into account and trying to minimize environmental damage.

In East Africa, similar development pressures and struggles exist at the cross roads between development and nature conservation. In order to promote the conservation of the precious environment while responding to economic aspirations of its population, intellectual integration of the region is needed. I am sure the struggle and dilemma can be overcome after East Africans are able to share their intellectual resources and abilities by building institutions that cut across borders, where people of the region exchange ideas and knowledge on how to develop.

It is the aim of the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development Studies (IGS) to bridge the knowledge gap between academia, county, local and central government by facilitating professional networking, learning and exchange of information.

In this context, I hope that these courses offered in collaboration with UN-HABITAT and the Institute for Housing and Development (IHS) in the Netherlands, help you address the key urban challenges facing your cities and towns considering the inter linkages with local, environmental , economic and social issues. Our courses provide a valuable opportunity to get to know each other better and the network that is created among participants through our training programme will flourish.

IGS is continually looking for partners to come together and create synergies and ultimately make IGS a globally recognized center for excellence in the promotion and advancement of good governance and sustainable development.

Finally, I would like to express my sincere thanks to all former participants who have continued to support our programmes and for being our ambassadors out there, our partners who continue to support us in different ways, and special thanks to UN-HABITAT, IHS and staff and consultants of IGS who have supported the development of various materials and success of our programmes.

Wishing all of you success.

Dr Nicholas Njoka

Executive Director,

Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development Studies.


Strengthening Urban Planning in Kenya's County Governments

IGS in partnership with Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD) have just concluded a series of conferences targeting the Governors and County Executive Members in charge of Urban Development as well as other urban practitioners , civil society engaged in sustainable urban developed.


Why the conference on urban issues for Governors and CECs?

UN-Habitat, the Kenya Council of Governors (CoG), and the International Centre for Local Democracy joined together to provide the Governors of Kenya and their Urban Development County Executive Committee Representatives (CECs) the opportunity to focus on the urgent challenges and opportunities of Urbanization.


United Nations Habitat III Conference

Habitat III will be one of the first global conferences after the Post 2015 Development Agenda. This conference will provide a forum to discuss and chart new pathways in response to the challenges of urbanization and the opportunities it offers for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Read more on habitat III process www.habitat3.org