How infrastructure maintenance can be redesigned to empower citizens and deliver better results
Maintaining good quality roads in Kenya may sometimes be a tricky challenge due to the difficulty of monitoring the infrastructure and quickly procuring services to fix issues. To improve the situation, the Kenyan government is involving local communities in an innovative way. A smart device placed on vehicles measures road conditions in real time and identifies road hazards like potholes that need repairs. Micro contracts are created to assign road repairs to pre-registered local labourers who bid for work via mobile phones. In an initial pilot, what used to take 2 years now takes 2 weeks.