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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

 Thka Sub-County Stakeholders Consultations 

County Governments in Kenya are obliged to prepare a raft of plans to foster local development and improved service provision (Link County Government Act, 2012). Kiambu County Government has instituted a moratorium on large farm subdivision for urban development pending preparation of a County Spatial Plan. Towards this a series of stakeholder consultations have been arranged in different sub-counties of the Government. On 24th February, one such meeting took place at Thika Town Hall starting at 10:30. The meeting was attended by approximately 60 persons representing different organizations and community groups: businessmen, self-help groups, the press, CBO’s, NGO’s, Government organizations and Universities.

Tue, 2014-03-04 14:07

On 24th February 2014, the Nairobi City County in partnership with the UN-HABITAT, UNEP and Friends of Jeevanjee Garden launched the phase I for the rehabilitation of the Jeevanjee Gardens. The project is part of the City County’s Recreational Spaces and Parks Rehabilitation program initiated in 2011 and whose aim was to improve the standards of public spaces in the county. Overall, the program targets to rehabilitate a total of 100 public spaces (open spaces and plazas) within the city centre and neighborhoods. By the end of the program, the county intends to have a strategy in place for developing and managing safer and quality public spaces in Nairobi, while linking into the implementation of the Integrated Urban Development Master Plan (NIUPLAN) and ensuring effective service delivery. 

Tue, 2014-03-04 11:35

From our Blog

Well, sweet is the fragrance of successful completion. Community proposals feedback marked completion of Kitui Learning Studio, laying solid foundations to pave way for community-driven implementation phase. Whilst the conventional planning processes are characterized by vertical hierarchical exchange of ideas and engagement in plan decision making, the Kitui Learning studio was anchored on integration and inclusivity:

It is well known and understood that public transport in Nairobi is accompanied by the struggles of traffic jam and misbehaviour by public service drivers. Just recently at the beginning of March, the long rain season began earnestly.

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.