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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

By |2021-02-23T14:02:57+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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UN-Habitat’s Integrated Municipal Finance Programme – Part 1

By |2021-02-23T14:03:04+01:00August 20th 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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How to Change the World with Better Financial Awareness & Financial Literacy

By |2019-06-13T11:39:31+02:00June 13th 2019|Municipal & Climate Finance, , , , |

Many people around the globe struggle with finance management and debt. Michael Ochieng Nyawino describes why it is important to teach everyone financial literacy skills to tackle the problem.

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The Role of Savings and Credit Cooperative Organisations in Kenya’s Housing Finance Sector

By |2019-06-11T10:05:49+02:00June 11th 2019|Municipal & Climate Finance, , , , |

Savings and Credit Cooperative Organisations play a key role for housing security in Kenya. Davina Wood explains how they work and discusses benefits and current challenges.

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Innovation for Better Quality of Life in Cities and Communities: First UN-Habitat Assembly

By |2019-05-31T10:33:24+02:00May 31st 2019|Global Urban Debates, , , , , , |

From 27-31 May 2019, the first UN-Habitat assembly is taking place in Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi. Reuben Kyama reports directly from the conference.

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Act Globally, Act Locally

By |2020-06-22T12:48:04+02:00February 14th 2019|Economic Development, Smart & Digital Development, Youth & Gender, , , , , |

An oft mentioned phrase in development parlance is “think globally, act locally”. Yet, when the change we seek is improved livelihoods globally, is local action enough? Doug Ragan, Rolf Wichmann, and Raphael Obonyo claim that local action is critical yet can’t be done in isolation of national and international realities. In their article, they explore different interventions that can be utilised to address the issue of improving youth livelihoods through interventions from the local to the global.

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More Than Income: How Selling Household Items Can Transform Slum Communities

By |2020-06-22T12:48:14+02:00February 12th 2019|Climate Change & Resilience, Decent Work, Economic Development, Youth & Gender, , , , , |

"LivelyHoods" forges economic opportunities for youth and women in Kenyan slums – while at the same time promoting clean energy. What are the project's success factors and what challenges does it face?

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