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Establishing land rights in informal settlements is more often than not a protracted engagement pitting the government on one side and the land owner(s) and the slum dwellers on the other. In the ensuing contestation over the land, the government either at the national or county level has to also contend with its responsibility to maintain order and safety through planned developments by exercising its police power/development control.

Thu, 2016-07-21 17:39

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.

Thu, 2016-07-21 11:17

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).

Wed, 2016-06-22 11:37

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.

Tue, 2016-04-12 12:43

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.

Fri, 2016-04-08 16:11

Recently, the Centre for Urban Research and Innovations (CURI), based in the University of   Nairobi collaborated with the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) in a research project on Community Fire Response Mechanisms in Informal settlements. The study which commenced in August 2015, is an initiative by the Kenya Red Cross that forms a part of its larger Fire Sensor for Safer Urban Communities Project. The research was undertaken in Mukuru Fuata Nyayo which is one of the informal settlements in the Nairobi industrial area.

Sun, 2016-02-07 20:46

Naivasha, Kenya, 25 September 2015– UN-Habitat through the Support to the Sustainable Urban Development Sector in Kenya Project (2012-2015) is supporting Urban Planning schools in Kenya to improve the quality of planning education. The support to planning schools is premised on the fact that Africa is the fastest growing continent and projections indicate that up to 60% of Africa will be urban by 2050 thereby creating the need to equip and prepare planning graduates with adequate knowledge and skills to be able to meet emerging and future challenges of urbanization.

Wed, 2015-09-30 11:51

The construction of Thika Superhighway began in 2009 and was completed in 2012, a period which saw the rush for ‘prime’ land along the project. With sprawl inevitable, the need for housing was imminent, and with housing comes the need for service centres to offer consumable goods, recreation, and other necessities, thus developers took the opportunity. Large malls; mixed use developments incorporating wholesale and retail enterprises, office spaces, residential houses, leisure/recreational spots and banks, have since been put up, generally transforming the character of Thika road environs. So far, since the completion of the superhighway, Thika Road Mall, Garden City, Mountain Mall, Juja City Mall, and Uni-City Mall in Kenyatta University have all been put up, or are under construction.

Mon, 2015-08-03 14:13

The Centre for Urban Research and Innovations in collaboration with the Association of African Planning Schools (AAPS), conducted a study on ‘infrastructure knowledge programme policy research’ themed Urban infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa – harnessing land values, housing and transport’.

Mon, 2015-08-03 13:09

A Regional Learning Workshop on “Land and Natural Resources Tenure Security” took place in in Nairobi-Kenya on 30th June to 2nd July 2015 to provide an important opportunity for the different IFAD-supported projects and partners in East and Southern Africa to share their achievements, lessons learnt and provide a way forward.

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