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Kitui County recently constituted its Municipality board of 9 members chaired by Dr. Musyimi Mbathi, an associate of Centre for Urban Research and Innovations.

Thu, 2018-10-11 11:42

CURI has continued to be engaged in the Mukuru SPA planning process funded by International Development Research Centre (IDRC) alongside partners Slum Dwellers International (SDI and SPARC), Akiba Mashinani Trust, University of California Berkley and County Government of Nairobi. This team, Housing, Commerce and Infrastructure constitute one of the 8 consortia previously formulated to take part in the planning of Mukuru.

Tue, 2018-07-03 13:15

From late 2017, everyone was concerned about the drought ravaging the country. The issue ricocheted in the media, public forums, and political agendas. Farms yielded no crops, pastoralists and livestock farmers lost herds of livestock, rivers ran dry and people died of hunger and thirst.

Tue, 2018-06-12 16:47

The Centre for Urban Research and Innovations (CURI) was represented at the Mukuru SPA workshop in Mombasa on the 4th-6th of July 2017. The workshop was held after the preparation of the inception report triggered by the declaration of a special planning area in three informal settlements in Mukuru, Nairobi.

Mon, 2017-11-13 14:16

From our Blog

Well, sweet is the fragrance of successful completion. Community proposals feedback marked completion of Kitui Learning Studio, laying solid foundations to pave way for community-driven implementation phase. Whilst the conventional planning processes are characterized by vertical hierarchical exchange of ideas and engagement in plan decision making, the Kitui Learning studio was anchored on integration and inclusivity:

It is well known and understood that public transport in Nairobi is accompanied by the struggles of traffic jam and misbehaviour by public service drivers. Just recently at the beginning of March, the long rain season began earnestly.

Service provision in majority of Kenya’s informal settlements is predominantly controlled by Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) and cartels. This phenomenon is prompted by government’s reluctance to provide services in informal settlements owing to their informal nature.

Land tenure is among the key elements that define slum settlements. The lack of tenure security limits both private and public investments in settlements translating to slum conditions. The form of land tenure also has implications on which settlements get upgraded whether by government, communities or other partners.