to transform the City of Kisumu, through collaborative partnership, into a better place to live, work and visit
Our main objective is to Promote, Uphold and Protect the highest standards of Urban Areas Governance, Service Delivery, Business Leadership and Ethics in the City of Kisumu for the benefit of our membership
to be the leader in Urban Areas & Cities regeneration through inclusive proactive approach in sustainable urban growth and development.
The City of Kisumu Urban Areas Association (CKUAA) was founded pursuant to section 13(2)(e) of the Urban Areas and Cities Act 13/2011 laws of the Republic of Kenya and registered on 5th October 2016 under the Societies Act Cap 108 Laws of Kenya.
CKUAA is a Non-Religious, Non-Political and Not-For-Profit making welfare organization that anchors its operational legitimacy from the Urban Areas and Cities Act no. 13 of 2011 and it is also guided by the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and The Public-Private Partnership Act no. 15 of 2013.
Given the overall objectives of the Association, the specific objectives shall include but not limited to
The Board of CKUAA consists of all the office bearers and the Chief Executive Officer as ex-officio member. Any other person may be co-opted into the Board meetings to provide relevant technical advice and/or enhance transparency to the conduct of business.
There is an advisory body whose role is to offer advice to CKUAA and assist in the development of a united approach and synergy on the issues across the various sectors of the economy of the City of Kisumu.
The City of Kisumu is believed to be one of the oldest settlements in Kenya. Historical records indicate that Kisumu has been dominated by diverse communities at different times long before the white man arrived. The people from Nandi, Kalenjin, Abagusii, Maasai, Luo and Abaluhya community converged at the tip of Lake Victoria and called the place "sumo" which literally means “a place of barter trade”. Each community called it different names, for instance;
The First white settlers in the late 19th century could not pronounce the local dialects “Kisumo”, "Khusuma" or "Kisuma". They therefore corrupted the name to the current name “Kisumu”. It was identified by the British explorers in 1898 as an alternative railway terminus and port for the Uganda railway to replace Port Victoria which was by then an important centre on the caravan trade route near the River Nzoia delta.
On Friday, 20th December 1901, the railway line reached the Kisumu pier and Mrs. Florence Preston (the wife of the railway engineer) drove the last nail in the last sleeper by the shores of Lake Victoria. The centre adopted a new name called Port Florence. However it was only called Port Florence for a year, and then it reverted back to its earlier name of “Kisumu”. It was elevated from a Town to a Municipal Board in 1940 and later to a Municipal Council in 1960. It was designated as a "city’ in 1996 but was NEVER awarded a City Charter. In 2006, it became the first to be designated as an “UN Millennium City” in the entire world. Section 60 of The Urban Areas and Cities Act no. 13 of 2011 which came to effect on immediately after the general elections of 4th March 2013 created the City of Kisumu.
Today the City of Kisumu is the third largest City in Kenya, the Principal City of West Kenya Region and the Headquarters of the County Government of Kisumu. It is also the second most important city after Kampala in the greater Lake Victoria basin, the gate-way to East & Central Africa and the Commercial Capital of the East African Community. The City of Kisumu host the Secretariat of the Lake Victoria Economic Bloc that brings together 13 Counties of the Republic of Kenya.
In 2006, the City of Kisumu became the first to be designated as an “UN Millennium City” in the entire world. The World Bank 2016 survey report listed the City of Kisumu as having the best business environment and most Investor-friendly City in Kenya (World Bank Report 2016)
CKUAA mobilizes and coordinates the participation of private sector stakeholders in the sustainable development of the City of Kisumu as prioritized by the Kenya Vision 2030 and the City of Kisumu Integrated Urban Development Plan (Kisumu IUSD-Plan) 2010-2050.
We have a dedicated team of staff to offer Information Services required by new investors (small, medium and big). We also guide and advice new investors in the City of Kisumu and offer linkages to government authorities and the rest of the business community.
Read the report of the Quality of life in the City of Kisumu as at April 2022
Urban Food Systems, FLAG-Kisumu supported by FAO
Cultural Exchange Program with City of Roanoke
CKUAA Strategic Planning process 2023-2027
Kisumu Integrated Strategic Urban Development Plan (ISUDP) popularly known as Kisumu Urban Project (KUP)