Men’s and Women’s Perceptions of Safety Related to Mobility in Informal Settlement

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How are spaces in informal settlements traversed differently according to gender? Which paths are the most travelled in a community, when and why? Does gender influence perceptions of safety when it comes to movements within the informal settlement? These are some of the questions we wanted to answer during participatory mapping to support Kenya Informal […]

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Documenting potential impact of development projects on communities in Lamu County

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The “World is coming,” said the deputy secretary of Kililana Farmers Association during our LAPSSET conflict risk mapping exercise in old Lamu Town on Kenya’s coast. The secretary was referring to the massive infrastructural development project which will traverse most of northern Kenya. It is called the Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) corridor. […]

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Geography of Service Delivery

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Nairobi’s population has increased more than tenfold in the last 50 years.[1] This rapid urbanization brought with it a two-tier development process where some areas are rapidly modernizing while others lag behind. The provision of basic services often follows the split. Different geographic areas of Nairobi enjoy different levels of development and access to public […]

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Rethinking waste management in Nairobi’s informal settlements

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Community-based organizations are in the forefront of dealing with waste management in Nairobi’s informal settlements, however, their interventions often fall short of becoming sustainable and profitable on the long run. Research shows that there is ample opportunity in alternative material recovery, recycling, and sorting of trash in the informal settlements, as well as, in establishing […]

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Mathare Demographic

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This post was cross-posted from Spatial Collective’s blog. Informal settlements are often missing from geographic and statistical representation of their countries, and Nairobi’s informal settlements are no exception. With so few household surveys, high-quality data with specific focus on informal settlements are very hard to come by.  For this reason, little information is available on […]

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