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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

As the year begins a Joint Urban Studio is taking place in Nairobi bringing together students and faculty from University of Nairobi, University of California Berkeley and civil society partners Akiba Mashinani Trust (AMT) and Slum Dwellers International (SDI), and local communities living in several informal settlements in Nairobi, Mukuru, Mathare and Huruma.  The studio whose theme is ‘Improving Access to Basic Services in Informal Settlements’ follows similar joint studio conducted annually by two schools of planning from the universities over the last five years, over the second and spring semesters.

Tue, 2014-01-14 18:32

Kambi Moto

Huruma is a relatively small informal settlement compared to the 180 informal settlements within Nairobi. It is located 6.8kms on the North-East of the Capital and lies on the left side of Juja road. It consists of six villages: Kambi Moto, Mahira, Redeemed, Ghetto, Gitathuru and Madoya. These six villages occupy a total area of 10.2 acres. Of the six villages, Kambi Moto stands out as a unique case of successful slum upgrading in Kenya.

Tue, 2013-12-17 15:01

On Friday, 6th December 2013 Oxford Brookes University, London hosted a presentation by Prof. Peter M. Ngau, titled, ‘Urban Safety and Security: Westgate, Nairobi – Implications for Urban Planning and Design’.

Mon, 2013-12-09 11:40

On 23-24 September 2013 the UN-Habitat and University of Nairobi hosted a consultative workshop aimed at exploring ways of increasing mutual collaboration between UN- Habitat and AAPs members in Kenya, and promoting AAPS objectives which include: revitalization of planning education, collaborative and comparative research and promoting of effective planning of Africa's rapid urbanization

Thu, 2013-12-05 10:50

A new devolved system of government in Kenya has recently established counties as distinct units of governance and development. The Constitution of Kenya – 2010 under the fourth Schedule and the County Government Act 2012 in part XI on County Planning, requires the new County governments to operate under a county planning framework that shall integrate economic, physical, social, environmental and spatial planning, to prepare county integrate development plans (CIDPs). Yet, the government has not provided guidelines on how to prepare such CIDPs.

Thu, 2013-12-05 10:36

On Thursday 5th December at 6pm Africa Research Institute (ARI), London is hosting the second event in its Policy Voice Series  a panel discussion about Who will plan Africa’s cities? 

Tue, 2013-12-03 15:12

27-29 November 2013

There is urgent need to improve urban planning, management and livability in African cities. From 27-29 November 2013, UNCRD Africa Office, in partnership with UN-HABITAT Centre for Cities, organized a Forum for African Mayors and Senior Urban Officials on Sustainable Urban Development and Management in Nairobi, UN Complex. UNCRD and UN-Habitat have pledged to support African mayors and senior urban officials to implement many of the social, environmental and economic goals and objectives that were highlighted atthe World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, Chinaas well as those agreed at Rio+20.

Tue, 2013-12-03 14:46

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