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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
The Centre for urban Research and Innovations started off as an Urban Innovation Project facilitated with funding from the Rockefeller Foundation and is based at the School of the Built Environment, University of Nairobi.
Thu, 2014-02-20 13:53
CURI Newsletter 7 released covering the period June to December 2013....
UIPNews is a publication of the Center for Urban Research and Innovations situated at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Nairobi

Find out what's Inside this Issue: Download here; CURI Newsletter 7.pdf

Mon, 2014-02-17 17:05

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. (

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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