Kenyan federation of slum dwellers

“Muungano’s history in our own words”

This oral history archive tells the history of Muungano wa Wanavijiji’s first 20 years (1996–2016) through the words, memories, and stories of 50 slum dwellers, activists, professionals, and civil society partners who were there at different stages along Muungano’s journey.

Interviews were carried out by a Muungano team in 2016.

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About the history project

How to explore the archive

To help navigate the archive, each interview has been broken down into shorter, coded clips. Films are in English or Swahili (with English subtitles).

For each interview, you can watch a playlist of clips or read the transcript.

You can browse all clips.

Or you can explore the clips by keyword/theme using the links below.

Filter by theme

(Speaker) Muungano; Support professionals; Partners; SDI;

(Geography) Nairobi; Mukuru; Kibera; Huruma & Kambi Moto; Mathare; Korogocho; Nakuru; Mombasa & Coast region; Kisumu; Global;

(Institutional) Akiba Mashinani Trust; Support professionals; SDI; Other SDI federations; Academia; Civil society; Kenyan national government; Local government; Chiefs; Courts;

(Temporal) Muungano's future; Kenya's future; Before Muungano;

(Federation focus areas) Exchanges & learning; Housing; Partnerships; Data collection/ profiling/ enumeration & mapping; Water & sanitation; Savings/ savings groups; Slum upgrading; Tenure security; Advocacy/ activism; Community mobilising; Planning; Informal markets; Federation-building/ networks; Greenfield; Forced eviction; Policy/ policy influencing; Women; Youth; Men; Muungano leadership; Information; Documentation; Land issues; Politics; Community-driven solutions; Informal politics; Conflict; Legal strategies; Health;

(Interview question) How did you first get involved?; What were things like?; Muungano's biggest challenges; Muungano's biggest achievements; How things changed; What motivates you?; Strategies that worked; What didn't work?; What are your hopes for Muungano’s next 20 years; A message for the youth; Stories;

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Abdi Mohamed

Civil society partner, Korogocho, Nairobi

Dorice Bosibori

Muungano, Mukuru, Nairobi

Erikson Sunday

Muungano, Nyalenda, Kisumu

Ezekiel Rema

Muungano, Toi Market, Kibera, Nairobi

Irene Karanja

Support professional

Jane Weru

Support professional & lawyer, Akiba Mashinani Trust

Joel Bolnick

SDI secretariat, South Africa

Joseph Muturi

Muungano national leader, Toi Market, Kibera, Nairobi & SDI management committee,

Mama Night

Muungano, Toi Market, Kibera, Nairobi

Michael Njuguna

Muungano, Kambi Moto, Nairobi

Patrick Njoroge

Support professional, Akiba Mashinani Trust

Peter Kinyanjui

Muungano, Mathare, Nairobi

Rashid Mutua

Muungano, Athi River, Machakos

Sophia Khamis

Muungano, Ugeni, Machakos & History team

Susan Wanjiru

Muungano, Kambi Moto, Nairobi

Amadi Sudi

Muungano, Matopeni, Mombasa

Emily Wangari

Muungano, Mathare, Nairobi

Eva Muchiri

Muungano, Mathare, Nairobi & History team

Felista Ndunge

Muungano, Mukuru, Nairobi

Isaac ‘Kaka’ Muasa

Muungano, Mathare, Nairobi

Jason Corburn

Academic partner, University of California Berkeley

Jonte Kimani

Muungano, Kambi Moto, Nairobi

Kate Wanjiru

Muungano, Mathare, Nairobi & History team

Mama Noor

Muungano, Kisaunilands, Mombasa

Musymi Mbathi

Academic partner, University of Nairobi

Patrick Ochieng

Civil society partner, Ujamaa Centre, Mombasa

Peter Mutunga

Muungano, Kibera, Nairobi

Rose Molokoane

SDI management committee & South African SDI federation

Stanley Mwangi

Muungano, Mathare, Nairobi

Anastasia Wairimu

Muungano, Kahawa Soweto, Nairobi

Emmie Erondanga

Civil society partner, Korogocho, Nairobi

Evans ‘Papa’ Omondi'

Muungano, Mukuru kwa Reuben, Nairobi

Henry Otunge

Muungano, Korogocho, Nairobi

Jane Wairitu

Support professional, SDI Kenya

Jockin Arputham

SDI President & Indian SDI federation

Joseph Mukeku

Private sector partner, Architect, Nairobi

Mama Mariam

Muungano, Tiwi, Kwale County

Michael Kanayu

Muungano, Matopeni, Mombasa

Nancy Njoki

Muungano, Mathare, Nairobi

Peter Chege

Muungano, Kambi Moto, Nairobi

Peter Ng'ang'a

Civil society partner, Community organizer training, Nairobi

Sammy Njoroge

Muungano, Rhodah, Nakuru

Susan Mwangi

Muungano, Kahawa Soweto, Nairobi & History team

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Written reflections


Environment & Urbanization article

IIED working paper