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In recent years Nairobi has seen the massive growth of mammoth high-rise developments in the name of apartments. They have attracted some research by Marie Hzermeyer and Baraka Mwau among others. They come up in many shades - but typically they are dense and feature small rooms. From one perspective they are viewed as the answer to the housing shortage and alternative to slums. On the other hand they are seen as accidents waiting to happen. Many of them have poor infrastructure and are poorly designed. Their social impact is least studied.

Mon, 2015-01-19 14:41

In Kenya's fast growing cities there is a paradox of too many houses - Out of reach of the majority of the population. Recent statistics for Kenya show that income is heavily skewed in favour of the rich and against the poor. The country’s top 10% households control 42% of the total income while the bottom 10% control less than 1%. This means that for every shilling earned by the poorest 10% households, the richest 10% earn about Kshs 56. It is notable that the 8th, 9th and 10th population groups account for over 70% of the income. In Nairobi, theproportions for the lower, the middle and the upper income groups were 72.12%, 24.12%, and 3.76% respectively.

Mon, 2015-01-19 14:32

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the University of Nairobi and most importantly to this function to witness my installation as the 7th Vice-Chancellor of this august Institution. This is a momentous occasion for this University as we usher in a new era in governance and leadership. It also accords us the opportunity to commend the outgoing Vice-Chancellor for his outstanding stewardship of this University over the last 10 years.

Wed, 2015-01-14 15:32

It is history in the making for the University of Nairobi, the inauguration of the new Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi is underway. The inauguration event is taking place today, Wednesday, January, 14, 2015 at Taifa Hall.

Wed, 2015-01-14 10:01

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.