The Centre for Urban Research and Innovations (CURI) was represented at the Mukuru SPA workshop in Mombasa on the 4th-6th of July 2017. The workshop was held after the preparation of the inception report triggered by the declaration of a special planning area in three informal settlements in Mukuru, Nairobi.
The declaration is a direct result of investments made by the County Government of Nairobi working with a consortium comprised of professionals and academics from the University of Nairobi, Strathmore University, Katiba Institute, SDI Kenya, University of Berkeley and Akiba Mashinani Trust.
The declaration is important because it concedes that the conventional planning toolkit is insufficient to address the slum realities that exist in these three settlements in Mukuru. As a result, the declaration is a rare window to influence how slum inventions may be designed and implemented locally and nationally but also globally.
The workshop was attended by different partners all who were key in forming the various thematic groups for the broader context of the planning of Mukuru.
The objective of the sectoral consortia was to contribute to the Mukuru Integrated Development Plan through the development of sectoral plans as well as its implementation. Each consortium was composed of up to six organisations including the County Government of Nairobi, who are ideally the lead organization of the SPA process. The sectoral consortia are expected to deliver policy briefs, sectoral plans (immediate, short-term, medium-term and long-term plans), spatial plans, sector budgets and in the end the overall Mukuru Integrated Development Plan.
The sectoral consortia formed were Housing and Infrastructure; Water, Sanitation and Energy; Environment and Natural Resources; Education, Youth and Culture; Finance and Economic Planning; Community Co-ordination and Community Health Services; and Legal and Institutional framework.
The three-day workshop was a success largely owing to the work plans that the various teams in the consortia were able to formulate and the charting of a way forward towards improving the conditions and a better quality of life for the people living and working in Mukuru.
Barake Bosibori, CURI.