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Tue, 2014-08-26 15:15

On 12th August 2014, the School of the Built Environment (SBE) signed an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with ADCC International East Africa Ltd. The purpose of this MOU is to establish collaboration between ADCC and SBE for the delivery of software training to students. The signing of the MOU would facilitate the co-operation and communication exchange between the said institutions.

Fri, 2014-08-15 12:55

On 5th August 2014, the University of Nairobi Chancellor, Dr. Vijoo Rattansipaid a visit to the College of Architecture and Engineering.  This was the first time she was visiting the college since her appointmentin December 2013. The Chancellor was accompanied by the members of the Executive University Management Board (UMB), the Chairman of the University Council, Dr. Idle Omar Farah, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. George Magoha, DVCs for Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Research, Production and Extension, Principal, College of Architecture and Engineering, and other senior university and college management members of staff. In her visit, she had an opportunityto visit various College units, sampling some of the Colleges facilities and activities in place.

Wed, 2014-08-06 13:57

Honorable justice Isaac Lenaola will be visiting Mabatini village located deep in the Mathare valley tomorrow (18th July 2014 from 10a.m.) to confirm for himself the extent to which Mr. Samuel Ojowa (A slum land lord) has built his 3 massive tenements. This action by the judge was brought about by the hot case filed back in the year 2010 by the Mabatini residents when Mr. Ojowa started forcing out tenants and evicting his adjacent structure owners for his developments. According to Peter Muiruri (the current Mabatini chairman), the slumlord dexterously hijacked the community’s plans to legally acquire the slum-land they had inhabited for over 45years – since the 1970’s.

Fri, 2014-07-18 16:55

Destroyed Livelihoods in the Name of Development

History: Emali town seats at the border of Makueni and Kajiado Counties. It has a long history, having started as a market point in the late 1800s. Then, the market was mainly for barter trade among the two communities –Maasai and Kamba- in the adjacent hinterlands. The areas’ central location and flat topography contributed to the location being chosen ideal for doing business. The different communities traded in various commodities essential for survival mainly animal hides, grains and livestock. Traditionally the Kamba community in Makueni County were mainly farmers while the Maasai community were largely pastoralist; this in itself provided a base for exchange (trade) of farm produces and animals/ livestock.

Fri, 2014-07-04 10:31

The Kilimani Project, KUWA, Nairobi City County (NCC), Centre for Urban Research and Innovations (CURI) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) held a student’s meeting at the University of Nairobi aimed at creating a student’s community network to join and facilitate a solid waste management project taking part in Kilimani, Kileleshwa and Kangemi areas of Nairobi. This was the second meeting held since the commencement of the project on 11th November, at Kilimani Primary School.

Tue, 2014-04-22 11:35

University of Nairobi (CURI) and partners recently held an Outcome Mapping Workshop from 12th to 15th March at the Thayu Roundvales Hotel, Limuru. The purpose of the workshop was to refine the target outcomes overall strategy for a joint research, code named “Wanavijiji Action Research Project” aimed at Improving Access to Justice and Basic Services in the Informal Settlementsof Nairobi.

Tue, 2014-03-18 19:44

 Reflections on the Proposed National Slum Upgrading and Prevention Policy
The development of Slums in Kenya’s urban areas is linked to the country’s political and economic growth that has produced skewed and uncoordinated urbanization. In Kenya as in much of East Africa the emerging urban areas depict simultaneously human prosperity and deep human destitution. Urban population growth rate in Kenya is approximated to be 6-7% per annum]. This rapid growth coupled with limited resources, unemployment, high poverty levels, uncoordinated and unmatched initiatives has strained the government in provision of decent shelter and associated infrastructure leading to proliferation of slums and informal settlements.

Mon, 2014-03-17 11:24

 Thka Sub-County Stakeholders Consultations 

County Governments in Kenya are obliged to prepare a raft of plans to foster local development and improved service provision (Link County Government Act, 2012). Kiambu County Government has instituted a moratorium on large farm subdivision for urban development pending preparation of a County Spatial Plan. Towards this a series of stakeholder consultations have been arranged in different sub-counties of the Government. On 24th February, one such meeting took place at Thika Town Hall starting at 10:30. The meeting was attended by approximately 60 persons representing different organizations and community groups: businessmen, self-help groups, the press, CBO’s, NGO’s, Government organizations and Universities.

Tue, 2014-03-04 14:07

On 24th February 2014, the Nairobi City County in partnership with the UN-HABITAT, UNEP and Friends of Jeevanjee Garden launched the phase I for the rehabilitation of the Jeevanjee Gardens. The project is part of the City County’s Recreational Spaces and Parks Rehabilitation program initiated in 2011 and whose aim was to improve the standards of public spaces in the county. Overall, the program targets to rehabilitate a total of 100 public spaces (open spaces and plazas) within the city centre and neighborhoods. By the end of the program, the county intends to have a strategy in place for developing and managing safer and quality public spaces in Nairobi, while linking into the implementation of the Integrated Urban Development Master Plan (NIUPLAN) and ensuring effective service delivery. 

Tue, 2014-03-04 11:35

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