A Sustainable Urban Future: The Role of Early Childhood Education

By |2022-01-26T11:39:05+01:00January 11th 2022|Youth & Gender, , , , |

Playing is learning – and a way to teach young children the principles of sustainable urban development. The Toy Library Association of Kenya wants every child and every educational facility to have access to tools for playful education for sustainable development. By Lilian A. Oloo

Thinking Together Urbanisation and Agriculture: What do Farmers do Under Rapid Urban Growth?

By |2021-11-11T09:36:47+01:00November 11th 2021|Economic Development, , , , |

The global debate on agriculture under urbanisation has often focused a priori on the replacement of agricultural uses by built-up space. It thereby often overlooks new opportunities for agriculture at the urban periphery.

Strengthening Urban-Rural Linkages in Kenya for Increased Resilience

By |2021-11-10T09:13:31+01:00November 2nd 2021|Climate Change & Resilience, Green & Smart Development, , , |

Country-wide sustainable solutions can be assured only if regional connectivity and urban-rural linkages that support livelihoods in rural communities, towns, and smaller cities are considered alongside urban and regional growth strategies. Vassiliki Kravva and Ben Smith present an example from the UK-funded Sustainable Urban Economic Programme (SUED) in Kenya.

The Tech-Bin That Revolutionises Circular Waste Management

By |2021-10-21T16:29:29+02:00October 21st 2021|Energy & Waste, Smart & Digital Development, , , |

An intelligent solar-powered device that lights up our streets, educates residents about recycling and gives you free Wi-Fi? What sounds like a far-fetched dream is now a reality! Meet the T-Bin for circular waste management. By Founder Eddy Gitonga

Integrating Water and Sanitation with Wider Slum Upgrading

By |2021-07-08T08:33:04+02:00July 8th 2021|Governance & Finance, , , , |

Sam Drabble, Sara Márquez Martín, and Jane Weru explore how water and sanitation can and should be better integrated with wider slum upgrading initiatives.

Spatial Fragmentation in Nairobi City; the Elephant in the Room

By |2021-04-29T10:41:05+02:00April 29th 2021|Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

Nairobi is recognised to be among the rapidly urbanising and growing economies in East and Central Africa. Eunice Jimmy reviews the city's spatial, economic, and social structure, uncovering its dual nature of formal/informal, planned/unplanned, and connected/disconnected fragments, hence Nairobi's spatial fragmentation.

Safe and Beautiful Public Spaces? Necessity Not Luxury!

By |2021-04-13T11:23:44+02:00April 12th 2021|Multi Stakeholder Partnerships, , , , |

Public spaces are more important than ever – and cities need to find ways to co-create spaces that are accessible for everyone. Public Space Network meets this challenge by spearheading community-based transformation in Nairobi. By Ivy Njambi Maina

What We Build Today Will Form the Africa and Africans of Tomorrow

By |2021-02-04T08:47:07+01:00February 4th 2021|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, , , , |

Green buildings are a crucial part of fighting climate change. Elizabeth Wangeci Chege from the Kenya Green Building Society explores which measures help to achieve sustainable building and construction in Kenya.

Innovation Through Inclusion – Partnerships for a New Climate Reality

By |2020-12-08T09:06:23+01:00December 8th 2020|Climate Change & Resilience, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , , |

To successfully battle climate change, urban governance needs to empower vulnerable communities – and make sure to include their ideas and knowledge into urban planning mechanisms.

It’s Time to Change the Housing Conversation

By |2020-10-06T09:29:06+02:00October 6th 2020|Economic Development, Housing & Informality, Water & Sanitation, , , , , |

Safe, affordable housing is not an end in itself but should be interwoven with other interventions to improve access to related services and benefits. As the pandemic exacerbates shortcomings in housing programmes around the world, Vidhee Garg on the need to re-think housing and to look beyond its purely quantitative aspects.

Making Water and Sanitation Work for the Poor in Kenya

By |2020-06-22T12:37:27+02:00June 16th 2020|Multi Stakeholder Partnerships, Urban Health, Water & Sanitation, , , , |

A well-functioning system for water and sanitation must address the needs of under-served urban residents. Eden Mati-Mwangi shows how a systems-change approach can have a lasting impact on Kenya’s sanitations sector.

Circular Economies – Benefits for an Urban Setting

By |2020-04-09T13:16:41+02:00April 9th 2020|Energy & Waste, Water & Sanitation, , , , , , |

The waste produced by cities does not need to be dumped – but instead can become the starting point of a new production cycle, argues Nick Jeffries from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

A Spark of Hope: Making Nairobi’s Slums Fire Resilient

By |2020-01-09T13:11:05+01:00January 9th 2020|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Climate Change & Resilience, Housing & Informality, , , , |

High density and poor building materials make informal settlements extremely prone to fire hazards. The Nairobi-based enterprise Kwangu Kwako has developed a housing model that, while being truly affordable, increases fire resilience and thus positively affects many aspects of residents' lives.

Let Them Play! Nairobi through a Child’s Eye

By |2020-06-22T12:23:32+02:00November 14th 2019|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Youth & Gender, , , , , |

The number of children living in urban areas is on the rise. However, this is not reflected in cities' infrastructures. Rapid development is shrinking the amount of suitable and safe play areas for children. Using Nairobi as an example, Peninah Ndegwa, founder of Wow Mom Kenya, reflects on why and how cities should become more child-friendly.

UN-Habitat’s Integrated Municipal Finance Programme – Part 2

By |2021-11-05T11:29:59+01:00August 22nd 2019|Governance & Finance, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , , |

UN-Habitat's municipal finance programme is witnessing an exciting evolution in Kenya that offers lessons for local governments worldwide. Marco Kamiya, UN-Habitat’s Chief of the Urban Economy and Finance Branch describes the challenges cities face in their efforts to advance the sustainable development agenda.

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