Governing through development narrative in the era of ’Africa Rising’

Interrogating the county integrated development plan of Kisumu, Kenya.

The findings of the study indicate that ‘mosaic’ planning, public participation and narratives of devolution are the mechanisms by which power operates in the field of development in Kisumu county.

The first decade of the 21st century saw a shift in the way Africa is being presented in the media and in major events where development issues of the continent are discussed. The narrative is accompanied by ambitious utopian-like ‘vision’ of countries across the continent. This study is aimed at understanding how the narrative of development, during the time when the ‘Africa Rising’ narrative is prominent, is used by the government to govern societies in Kenya by taking the case of Kisumu.