Makuru: Formalising the Informal in Nairobi
Dr Steve Cinderby (Stockholm Environment Institute, University of York)
Dr Steve Cinderby, Senior Research at the Stockholm Environment Institute at the University of York, is visiting the Institute of Applied Ethics to deliver this seminar following a recent field visit to Mukuru in Nairobi.
Mukuru is one of the most significant slum communities (so-called informal settlements) in Nairobi, Kenya with over 300K residents living in slum conditions with a population density 18 times greater than the majority of the city. Residents struggle with poor access to basic services such as water, sanitation and electricity plus paying a poverty premium for the services that they do use. Health issues are common including recent cholera outbreaks.
Despite these challenges the Makuru population is growing rapidly and supports a vibrant community and thriving local informal economy with a quarter of the site used for commercial activities.
Recently it was announced that Makuru is subject to a special planning order. This should mean redevelopment plans could be in place within two years.
In this talk Steve will offer personal reflections and a photo tour from his field visit. This will be followed by a discussion on the challenges and opportunities presented by the planning order, examining questions such as; how should you deal with a community like Makuru? What should the outcomes from the planning order look like? How do you or can you formalise an informal settlement equitably and sustainably?
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