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Habitat III and the New Urban Agenda – Lessons on Understanding Risk and Building Resilience
Habitat III and the New Urban Agenda - Lessons on Understanding Risk and Building Resilience

By: Joe Mulligan and Shreya Mitra

A Productive Public Learning Space in Kibera – Anwa Junior Academy.
A Productive Public Learning Space in Kibera - Anwa Junior Academy.

KDI-Kenya has recently initiated a new set of projects within the growing Kibera Public Space Project (KPSP) network that look specifically at creating “Productive Public Learning Spaces” – developed on the same principles as KPSP but with a programmatic focus on education. This September we have started design workshops with the Anwa Junior Academy (pictured here).  In […]

Living in the River Lands – Flooding in Kibera
Living in the River Lands - Flooding in Kibera

We’re sticking with the watery theme this week as we continue to look at recent game changing developments in Kibera. This time it’s flooding; a destructive force that disrupts and displaces people in Kibera each year, and overlaps with the intractable issues of land ownership, open space, infrastructure development and evictions. In Kibera the cheapest […]

A New Sewer Line in Kibera…
A New Sewer Line in Kibera...

Part of KDI Kenya’s new blog series on the changing face of Kibera.  The Need for a New Sewer in Kibera  Sewers are one of those things that once tucked away neatly underground most people don’t want or have to think about too much. The benefits of convenience and a sanitary and safe environment are […]

YOUTH ENGAGEMENT.
YOUTH ENGAGEMENT.

Kibera is documented many times as the largest slum in East Africa with an estimated population ranging between 100,000 and one million inhabitants.  Here, it is reported that young people constitute 70% of the population and unemployment stands at 70%. There are many complex challenges such a lack of education, access to basic services and […]

BAMBOO PLANTING AT KPSP01 part two.
BAMBOO PLANTING AT KPSP01 part two.

After determining everything and also making an agreement with the New Nairobi Dam Community group the Kenya Bamboo Center team and COOPI representative arrived with some seedlings ready to do practical sessions with the groups the group, about what they meant when they came for the projects. There was a combination of manual work which […]

We’re Hiring!: Kibera Field Manager
We're Hiring!: Kibera Field Manager

Kounkuey Design Initiative Position: Kibera Field Manager Location: Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya Language: English and Kiswahili Start Date: February, 2012 Application Due: January 20, 2012 Position Summary Kounkuey Design Initiative is currently looking for a Project Team Supervisor and Micro-Enterprise Program Manager in Kibera, Kenya. The Kibera Field Manager position will be divided as follows: 50% […]

KPSP 02: Constructing Kiosks
KPSP 02: Constructing Kiosks

The third physical component at KPSP 02 are the three Kiosks. Built along the road that connects to the bridge and next to the Sanitation Block, the Kiosks will be rented out by community members to sell their goods. There are three kiosks on the site and a small community bench next to the kiosks. […]

Tales From the Field: Site 2 Business Updates
Tales From the Field: Site 2 Business Updates

While we showed you some of the physical side of the project at KPSP 02, all of our projects have an economic component. We help create small businesses at each of the sites in order to sustain the project’s physical components and increase individual income generation of community members. KPSP 02 has two major small […]

kpsp02: opening celebration
kpsp02: opening celebration

KPSP02 was formally opened last week in an opening celebration with the community. The ribbon cutting ceremony was performed by the area’s Chief. KPSP02 now has a sanitation block with 6 toilets and four showers, kiosks for small enterprises, and a playground. The site is run and maintained by the community group Riverside Usafi Group. […]

Tales From the Field: Kiki Weavers Started Training
Tales From the Field: Kiki Weavers Started Training

Kiki Weavers is one of the first micro enterprises run by a community group, which has been working with KDI. The group is based out of Site 1, weaving baskets from water hyacinth that can be harvested near their site. Their baskets are “organic” and “well-designed” (very pretty 🙂 ), and have an aspect of […]

Tales From the Field: Starting Business at Site 3
Tales From the Field: Starting Business at Site 3

It has been almost a month since we came to Kenya. And finally, I started working on my tasks at the new site: Site 3. At Site 3, my task is to find business opportunities for the community. Just as Site 1 and 2, small enterprises run by community members will generate income to maintain […]

Tales From the Field: The New and Best Bakery
Tales From the Field: The New and Best Bakery

Today, I want to talk about the Bahati Bakery. A bakery run by 5 women from the community of Site 2. These women proposed to run a bakery, and asked KDI to support the process of starting a shop. They completed the baking training, and started selling vanilla cakes and breads by borrowing an oven. […]

Tales From the Field: Good to be back!
Tales From the Field: Good to be back!

On July 1st, after 20 hours of flight, I arrived in Nairobi from Japan. It’s my 3rd time in Kenya, and 2nd time working in Kibera. As we walked through Kibera on our first day, I was taken back to 2006 when I first worked in Kibera. On the surface, it seems like things have […]

New Income Generation Activity – KPSP01
New Income Generation Activity - KPSP01

The community organization at KPSP01 never ceases to amaze us. They are now in the production phase of their 8th income generating activity – flip flop recycling. In addition, the new construction at the shade pavilion is almost complete, including full enclosure and panels that can create a number of rooms within the pavilion.

kpsp02: income generating activities begin! 1st product-liquid soap
kpsp02: income generating activities begin! 1st product-liquid soap
a word from our intern, Aidan:

http://arashap.wordpress.com/2010/07/23/day-15-kdi-project-2-clean-up/

kpsp01: a compost brand is born!
kpsp01:   a compost brand is born!
Kiki weavers sell at Nairobi market and new bank accounts!
Kiki weavers sell at Nairobi market and new bank accounts!
Bank group visit + Kiki weavers + product design
Bank group visit + Kiki weavers + product design
Site market + Kiki weavers +site clean up
Site market + Kiki weavers +site clean up
community group opens bank account.
community group opens bank account.
water hyacinth BASKETS
water hyacinth BASKETS
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