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In Nairobi public consultations on the preparation of a new City Master plan has been going on for the last two weeks. The month long consultations started on 20th January and are expected to end on 13th February covering all the 23 constituencies in the City County. They have been organized by the City Planning Department at convenient venues such as social halls, church compounds, school compounds and administrative centers. (http://citymasterplan.nairobi.go.ke)

Mon, 2014-02-10 15:11

The first phase of the Nairobi Collaborative Urban Studio themed ‘Improving Access to Justice and Basic Services in Kenyan Slums’ came to a close on the 17th January 2014. The studio involved participants from University of Nairobi, Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP), University of California, Berkley, Akiba Mashinani Trust (AMT), Muungano wa Wanavijiji and the community of Mukuru Informal Settlement.

Mon, 2014-02-03 10:56

Prior to the coming into effect of the Constitution of Kenya 2010, cities and urban areas in Kenya were managed under the Local Government Act. Cap. 265. Upon promulgation of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and pursuant to the provision of Article 184, the management of urban areas and cities moved from the Local Government to County Government through the enactment of the Urban Areas and Cities Act. 2011.

Wed, 2014-01-22 16:54

On the 20th of January 2014, the Centre for Urban Research and Innovation team and members of Muungano Support Trust visited Kiandutu Informal settlement, Thika to launch a joint urban studio. The studio is part of a new collaboration between the Slum/Shack Dwellers Association (SDI) and Association of Africa Planning Schools (AAPS) implemented by African Planning Schools and SDI affiliate NGO and community groups aimed at exploring innovative ways for slum upgrading and addressing other challenges facing the African cities

Wed, 2014-01-22 15:12

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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: