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Destroyed Livelihoods in the Name of Development

History: Emali town seats at the border of Makueni and Kajiado Counties. It has a long history, having started as a market point in the late 1800s. Then, the market was mainly for barter trade among the two communities –Maasai and Kamba- in the adjacent hinterlands. The areas’ central location and flat topography contributed to the location being chosen ideal for doing business. The different communities traded in various commodities essential for survival mainly animal hides, grains and livestock. Traditionally the Kamba community in Makueni County were mainly farmers while the Maasai community were largely pastoralist; this in itself provided a base for exchange (trade) of farm produces and animals/ livestock.

Fri, 2014-07-04 10:31

The Kilimani Project, KUWA, Nairobi City County (NCC), Centre for Urban Research and Innovations (CURI) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) held a student’s meeting at the University of Nairobi aimed at creating a student’s community network to join and facilitate a solid waste management project taking part in Kilimani, Kileleshwa and Kangemi areas of Nairobi. This was the second meeting held since the commencement of the project on 11th November, at Kilimani Primary School.

Tue, 2014-04-22 11:35

University of Nairobi (CURI) and partners recently held an Outcome Mapping Workshop from 12th to 15th March at the Thayu Roundvales Hotel, Limuru. The purpose of the workshop was to refine the target outcomes overall strategy for a joint research, code named “Wanavijiji Action Research Project” aimed at Improving Access to Justice and Basic Services in the Informal Settlementsof Nairobi.

Tue, 2014-03-18 19:44

 Reflections on the Proposed National Slum Upgrading and Prevention Policy
The development of Slums in Kenya’s urban areas is linked to the country’s political and economic growth that has produced skewed and uncoordinated urbanization. In Kenya as in much of East Africa the emerging urban areas depict simultaneously human prosperity and deep human destitution. Urban population growth rate in Kenya is approximated to be 6-7% per annum]. This rapid growth coupled with limited resources, unemployment, high poverty levels, uncoordinated and unmatched initiatives has strained the government in provision of decent shelter and associated infrastructure leading to proliferation of slums and informal settlements.

Mon, 2014-03-17 11:24


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Service provision in majority of Kenya’s informal settlements is predominantly controlled by Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) and cartels. This phenomenon is prompted by government’s reluctance to provide services in informal settlements owing to their informal nature.

Land tenure is among the key elements that define slum settlements. The lack of tenure security limits both private and public investments in settlements translating to slum conditions. The form of land tenure also has implications on which settlements get upgraded whether by government, communities or other partners.

Emali town is a small town that lies along the Northern Corridor, in both Makueni and Kajiado Counties. A larger commercial part of the town lies in Makueni County while the section in Kajiado County is predominantly for residential use. The Mombasa - Kampala Railway and now the Standard Gauge Railway act as town’s border of Kajiado and Makueni County.

The Country is currently engaged in deliberations for undertaking a huge construction project that will have far-reaching impact on many aspects of the social, spatial, economic, environmental, and political consequences both now and in future. As we read about cost issues as well as the operational and political repercussions of the same, and what this project has to do to serve the economy, Planners have to ask and confront some fundamental questions: