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.
Spatial Planning in Kenya at Crossroads? Perceptions from the Kenya Institute of Planners (KIP) 3rd Annual Conference 2015
The Kenya Institute of Planners (KIP) held its third annual conference on 3rd to 4th December, at Machakos County Headquarters to deliberate on ‘Urbanization and planning under devolved governance systems in Kenya’. There was representative attendance in the workshop drawing participants from various spheres including planners in private practice, government, civil society, representatives from county governments, the Commission of Constitution Implementation, the Transitional Authority as well as members from Academia.
On 8th of October 2015, the University of Nairobi in collaboration with the County Government of Kiambu and UN-Habitat launched preparations for the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan for Ruiru Town.
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.
The Centre for Urban Research and Innovation attended the Eastern and Southern Africa Implementation Workshop 2015 held at Antananarivo Madagascar from 10th-13th November 2015. The ESA Regional Implementation workshops are held every 18 months within the region. This year’s 4 day workshop had the theme on Rural Transformation through Inclusive Growth and Private Sector Engagement.
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.
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.
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’.
Regional Learning Workshop on Land and Natural Resources Tenure Security in East and Southern Africa
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.