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URBAN PUBLIC SPACES AS A TOOL FOR SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY

Public spaces are all places publicly owned or of public use, accessible and enjoyable by all for free and without profit motive. This includes streets, open spaces and public facilities. UN Habitat, in their 2015 report “Global Public Space Toolkit: From Global Principles to Local Policies and Practice”,   describes public space as places where people perform a number of functions that are shared with all.

Street Design for Ruiru Town

On 14th June 2016, the University of Nairobi, in collaboration with Kiambu County, NAMSIP, UN-Habitat and ITDP organized a meeting for street design in line with the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) for Ruiru. The meeting was held at UN Habitat, and was attended by representatives of Kiambu County, Nairobi Metropolitan Service Improvement Project (NaMSIP), Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), UN-Habitat and University of Nairobi.

Partnership Review of the Situational Analysis Outcomes of the Kitui Learning Studio

The ongoing Kitui Learning Studio recorded yet another milestone, following a successful review session conducted jointly by Centre for Urban Research and Innovation (CURI), University of Nairobi and Shack/Slum Dwellers International-Kenya (SDI-Kenya). The review session was held on the 24th June, at the YMCA Statehouse House Road, Nairobi and was attended by project members from both sides of the partnership.

The Nairobi City County Development Control Policy

The Centre for Urban Research and Innovations (CURI) consultancy team and the University of Nairobi Enterprise Services (UNES) held a five-day retreat held at the Serena Safari Lodge in Kilaguni, Mtito Andei. Held from 22nd to 27th May 2016, the retreat purposed to formulate and launch a responsive Nairobi City County Development Control Policy to facilitate the implementation of Nairobi Integrated Urban Development Master Plan (NIUPLAN).

The Nairobi City County Development Control Policy

The Centre for Urban Research and Innovations (CURI) consultancy team and the University of Nairobi Enterprise Services (UNES) held a five-day retreat held at the Serena Safari Lodge in Kilaguni, Mtito Andei. Held from 22nd to 27th May 2016, the retreat purposed to formulate and launch a responsive Nairobi City County Development Control Policy to facilitate the implementation of Nairobi Integrated Urban Development Master Plan (NIUPLAN).

Communtiy Fire Response Mechanisms Study

The Centre for Urban Research and Innovations (CURI) in collaboration with Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) undertook a study on ‘Community Fire Response Mechanims’ in Mukuru Fuata Nyayo. The work intends to develop sustainable community fire response by improving capacity and strategy of informal settlement community with Mukuru Fuata Nyayo Informal Settlement as a pilot. The report gives highlights of Fuata Nyayo informal settlement residents’ perceptions on causes of fire and elaborate steps taken in responding to fire incidences in the settlements. The study covered 264 randomly sampled residents, 3 Focus Group Discussions and 11 key informant interviews.

Community Fire Response Mechanisms

KITUI LEARNING STUDIO

The Kenya partnership of Slum Dwellers International-Kenya Affiliateand Centre of Urban Research and Innovations (CURI)-University of Nairobi (UoN) launched and commenced field activities for the Kitui Learning studio in the first quarter of this year. The studio is part of a broader collaborative programme implemented by Slum Dwellers International and the Association of African Planning Schoolsunder a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)signed between the two organizations, ‘in order to promote initiatives, plans and policies which encourage pro-poor and inclusive cities and towns in Africa.’ Through this framework, the partners have previously implemented similar studios in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania,Uganda and Namibia.

THE KITUI LEARNING STUDIO

The Kenya partnership of Slum Dwellers International-Kenya Affiliateand Centre of Urban Research and Innovations (CURI)-University of Nairobi (UoN) launched and commenced field activities for the Kitui Learning studio in the first quarter of this year. The studio is part of a broader collaborative programme implemented by Slum Dwellers International and the Association of African Planning Schoolsunder a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)signed between the two organizations, ‘in order to promote initiatives, plans and policies which encourage pro-poor and inclusive cities and towns in Africa.’ Through this framework, the partners have previously implemented similar studios in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania,Uganda and Namibia.

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