AFRICAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE POLICY VOICES FOR TOWN AND COUNTRY: A New Approach to Urban Planning in Kenya
“Cities are not just Africa’s future: they are its present. Unless collective action is taken now to transform cities like Nairobi into the drivers of economic development and sources of opportunity that they are supposed to be, they will become a tinderbox of perpetual inequality”.1 This warning from Kennedy Odede, head of a community organisation in Kibera, Nairobi’s largest informal settlement, serves as an emphatic reminder of the realities of urban growth in Africa.
Policy Brief - Sustainable Solutions Towards Prevention of Slum Gentrification after Land Allocation to Individual Squatters
One way through which poverty in cities is manifested is through proliferation of slums and informal settlements. To address the question of growing slums, various policy interventions have been attempted including but not limited to; issuance of land titles to informal settlers/squatters, slum upgrading through enabling approaches such as infrastructure improvement and slum eradication through evictions.
Policy Brief - Alternatives to eviction, scenarios for access to land by the urban poor in Kiandutu Informal Settlement Thika, Kenya
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.
Workshop proceedings for a workshop held on 23-24th Septemebr 2013 at Silver Springs Hotel in Nairobi. The workshop was a consultation to explore ways in which mutual collaboration between AAPS an UN-Habitat may be increased. It also aimed at creating a forum for the schools to explore how to improve the associations objectives in Kenya.
The paper on Capacity requirements for land reform at country level: Some Reflections from Kenya offers some reflections on lessons learnt from a consultancy undertaken for the Ministry of Lands, Kenya on Human Capacity Development needs Assessment and Training Program (2011) and on-going implementation of the process.
Paradox in Emali Town: Destroyed Livelihoods in the Name of Development