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GFE Nairobi: Sustainable urban development in Africa – A case study of Kibera informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya-

Last updated March 19, 2015

 

 

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A view of Kibera informal settlement

 

 

Aim and Contents

Urbanization has become a norm in developing and transitional countries. The World Bank has said that the current growth of cities is unprecedented and that the growth will continue far into the 21st century. Urbanization is particularly pervasive in Africa and it is the underlining factor for the growth of informal settlements popularly called “slum”. Informal settlements are characterized by congestion, substandard housing units, unhygienic environment, low income and insecurity. These conditions no doubt threaten sustainable urban development agendas. Kibera in Nairobi is one informal settlement which has received considerable attention in recent times. It is the second largest slum in Africa and houses about a million people. Kibera provides a good ground for students to deepen their understanding on urban sustainability challenges and how to achieve sustainable development in the midst of those endemic challenges. The field exercise includes pre survey lectures by Professors of University of Nairobi and visits to the Kibera informal settlement. The exercise was conducted in conjunction with the students of Wangari Marthai Institute, University of Nairobi. Students decided research topics (livelihood, waste management and alternative energy) and relevant faculty members from both schools were assigned as supervisors. Students participated actively and are expected to produce a report and a peer review article as outcome of the exercise. (Gideon Baffoe, Doctoral Student)

 

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Participants heading to Umande Trust for morning briefing

Keywords

Urbanization, informal settlement, sustainability challenges, sustainable development, Africa 

 

Time and Place

February 14 -  28, 2015, Nairobi, Kenya

 

Collaborating partners/ organisations

Wangari Marthai Institute of Peace and Environmental Studies (WMI), University of Nairobi

HAKUHODO, Japan

 

Related faculty members

  • Project Researcher Dr. Emmanuel Mutisya, GPSS - GLI, The University of Tokyo
  • Project Professor Nagao Masafumi, GPSS - GLI, The University of Tokyo
  • Project Associate Professor Hirotaka Matsuda, GPSS - GLI, The University of Tokyo
  • Project Researcher Dr. Chiahsin, GPSS - GLI, The University of Tokyo 
  • Professor David Mungai, Deputy Director, WMI, University of Nairobi
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