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Nairobi Design Week 2016 In Kibera.
Nairobi Design Week 2016 In Kibera.

On November 5th, 2016, Kounkuey Design Initiative, in partnerships with Nairobi Design Week and Sun King, hosted an event that showcased the work of Kibera’s most prominent artisans. The event was part of the second annual Nairobi Design Week (NDW), which ran throughout the city from November 3rd – 12th, 2016. The event was a […]

Andolo – the last frontier in Kibera – KPSP10
Andolo – the last frontier in Kibera – KPSP10

  In Nairobi’s informal settlement of Kibera, there’s an area that not only lacks development and infrastructure, but has also seen plenty disaster. The local community calls this area Andolo (meaning deep sleep in sub-tribes of Luyha), where disaster is shaped by a number of challenges, including high levels of illiteracy (few residents have received […]

KDI Kenya Internship Opportunity 2016

K.D.I Internship Opportunity 2016

New Job Opportunities with KDI Kenya

Please see attachments for more details: Kenya Community Director Architectural Design Coordinator

From Granada to Kibera – meet KDI Kenya’s Architecture Design Coordinator, Jesús Porras Montensino
From Granada to Kibera - meet KDI Kenya's Architecture Design Coordinator, Jesús Porras Montensino

JESÚS PORRAS MONTESINO is the Architecture Design Coordinator at KDI Kenya since September of 2015. His main project focus is leading the architectural design of the Anwa Academy Productive Public Learning Space in Lindi Village of Kibera, currently in construction. Having received his degree in Architecture from the Technical University of Granada, Jesús sought experience […]

Meet Tatu Gatere! KDI Kenya Country Director.
Meet Tatu Gatere! KDI Kenya Country Director.

Tatu Gatere is KDI’s new Kenya Country Director. Since joining in July 2015 Tatu’s first 6 months have been a whirlwind of finishing-up ongoing projects (Kibera Public Space Project 07) and starting new ones (Anwa Productive Public Learning Space). With another major Productive Public Learning Space starting this year, and ongoing programs on Urban Flooding, […]

#TujengeKibera Launch Party
#TujengeKibera Launch Party

Description: Two weeks ago KDI officially commenced the #TujengeKibera Campaign and competition at Undugu Field. Hundreds of Kibera residents and youth attended the event to learn about the campaign and how to participate. After winning the Rockefeller Storytelling Challenge in July for our short video called “We Have a Life in Kibera”, Kounkuey Design Initiative […]

El Niño in Kibera
El Niño in Kibera

      The El Niño. After months of anticipating the coming of El Niño, the intensified, heavy rainfall has arrived in Nairobi as expected. Already the annual long rains has caused noticeable flooding in a number of places in Nairobi and in the country at large. These rains caused both loss of life and property worth […]

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 […]

Conflict Coming Up The Line
Conflict Coming Up The Line

Recently the World Bank publicly admitted that their resettlement policies needed to be reviewed as it is unclear how many people have been adversely affected by their projects [see Guardian article here]. Too often the main focus of development is the end product and the purported economic benefit often only felt by a few from […]

KPSP07 Design Workshop 02
KPSP07 Design Workshop 02

The second kibera public space project (KPSP07) workshop happened on the 30 August. The aim of the second workshop was; to capture outstanding information that could not be collected during the first workshop and get the community group to start prioritising the programs (or activities) that they wanted to incorporate in the project. First we […]

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 […]

KPSP05 LAUNCH.
KPSP05 LAUNCH.

KPSP05 Launch Earlier this year, KDI celebrated the the launch of our fifth project in Gatekwera Village. This site, built near the Ngong River will become home to a community pharmacy, a school for children, and a sanitation block with three toilets and two showers. A remarkable feature of this site includes an original mural […]

Moving forward.
Moving forward.

Many people talk about development and best practices… but sometimes all this talk becomes a song that can only be heard while actions go unseen. … There has been lots of action in Kibera. Currently the Empowerment to Community Foundation (EMCOF), a community-based organization in Gatwekera Village of Kibera, and KDI are working together to […]

From a mushy trashy ground.
From a mushy trashy ground.

It was not so long since the NNDCGroup started its agro business on its available piece of land, it was a hard task to turn the trashy ground into something useful. This took the unity of the group to start digging out all kind of polythene paper, leather, plastic materials, and broken glass, to prepare […]

The Toilet Tours, Part I
The Toilet Tours, Part I

        One of the exciting things about working with KDI is going through the public participation process to ensure their projects have full buy-in from community members. Since being in Nairobi, I have had the opportunity to work on implementing a sanitation block at KPSP01. Since there is no municipal sewer nearby, […]

BAMBOO PLANTING AT KPSP01 part one
BAMBOO PLANTING AT KPSP01 part one

Kenya Bamboo Centre representative Mr Pollicurp and Chiara Camozzi from COOPI have been supporting KDI in finding a solution for bamboo treatment, after the termites invaded and attacked some of the bamboos at KDI’s KPSP 03. This brought up an idea of working out a long lasting solution, and also for the future sites. This […]

Kibera Summer Team
Kibera Summer Team

We couldn’t do anything in Kibera without the hard work of our Kibera team. During the summer our team grows to include interns and volunteers. This summer we have more people working in Kibera than ever before.

Tales From the Field: Almost ready for opening
Tales From the Field: Almost ready for opening

Last week was detail finishing for the reconstruction of site one’s shade structure that is finally done and ready for the school opening. Site one is in the process also for the new water line and security lights installation. The site two is still missing some small finishing before opening. I designed the shelf and […]

Tales From the Field: Becoming friends with numbers
Tales From the Field: Becoming friends with numbers

Hi this is Yumi, the community organizing intern. I would like to start talking about what I do everyday at Kibera. One focus of KDI’s work in Kibera (or anywhere) is to make projects sustainable. At each site in Kibera, KDI has worked with community members, incorporating their ideas and needs. These community members eventually […]

Support KDI by Using GoodSearch
Support KDI by Using GoodSearch

Are you interested in supporting KDI, but don’t have the financial means or time? There is now a new and very easy way to contribute to KDI financially. GoodSearch is a search engine that is managed by Yahoo. All you have to do is select KOUNKUEY DESIGN INITIATIVE as the charity you want to support […]

kpsp02: UK engineers without borders visit the site to inspect gabions + give us brick-making tips
kpsp02: UK engineers without borders visit the site to inspect gabions + give us brick-making tips
kpsp02: preparing soil + oiling our new stabilized soil brick-maker – “tinga”
kpsp02: preparing soil  + oiling our new stabilized soil brick-maker - "tinga"
kpsp02: newly elected leaders of the newly formed, Riverside Usafi Group
kpsp02: newly elected leaders of the newly formed, Riverside Usafi Group
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