Kenyan federation of slum dwellers

This oral history archive—plus a timeline and written reflections (below)—tells the history in film and text of Muungano wa Wanavijiji’s first 20 years, 1996–2016, through the words, memories, and stories of 47 slum dwellers, activists, professionals, and civil society partners who were present at different stages along Muungano’s journey.

Interviews were carried out by a Muungano team in 2016.

More about the history project

To help navigate the archive, each interview has been broken down into a series of shorter clips, which have been tagged by themes. Films are in English or Swahili with English subtitles.

3 ways to explore the archive

1. By interviewee: watch a playlist of the interview and/or read the transcript.

2. By clip: browse all short clips.

3. By theme: filter clips by keyword using the links below.

Filter by theme

Speaker: Muungano | Support professionals | Partners | SDI

Geography: Nairobi (city) | Mukuru | Kibera | Huruma & Kambi Moto | Mathare | Korogocho | Nakuru | Mombasa & Coast region | Kisumu | Global/international

Theme: Academia | Achievements | Advocacy/ activism | Akiba Mashinani Trust | Before Muungano | Challenges | Civil society | Community mobilising | Community-driven solutions | Conflict | Data (collection, profiling, enumeration, mapping) | Documentation | Exchanges & learning | Federation-building & networks | Forced eviction & demolition | Greenfield | Health | House modelling | Housing | How did you first get involved? | How things changed | Informal markets | Informal politics | Information | Kenya's future | National government | Land | Leadership | Legal | Livelihoods | Local government | Men | Muungano's future | Other SDI federations | Partnerships | Planning | Policy influence | Politics | Savings/groups | SDI | Slum upgrading | Stories | Strategies that worked | Support professionals | Tenure security | Water & sanitation | What didn't work | Motivation | What did things used to be like? | Women | Youth

“Muungano’s history in our own words”

Abdi Mohamed

Civil society partner, Korogocho, Nairobi

Christine Mwelu

Muungano, Viwandani, Mukuru, Nairobi

Emmie Erondanga

Civil society partner, Korogocho, Nairobi

Ezekiel Rema

Muungano, Toi Market, Kibera, Nairobi

Irene Karanja

Support professional

Jack Makau

Jason Corburn

Academic partner, University of California Berkeley

Jonte Kimani

Muungano, Kambi Moto, Nairobi

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

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

Amadi Sudi

Muungano, Matopeni, Mombasa

Dorice Bosibori

Muungano, Mukuru, Nairobi

Erikson Sunday

Muungano, Nyalenda, Kisumu

Evans ‘Papa’ Omondi'

Muungano, Mukuru kwa Reuben, Nairobi

Isaac ‘Kaka’ Muasa

Muungano, Mathare, Nairobi

Jane Weru

Support professional & lawyer, Akiba Mashinani Trust

Jockin Arputham

SDI President & Indian SDI federation

Joseph Kimani

Kate Wanjiru

Muungano, Mathare, Nairobi & History team

Mama Noor

Muungano, Kisaunilands, Mombasa

Musymi Mbathi

Academic partner, University of Nairobi

Omari Rashid

Muungano, Tiwi, Kwale County

Peter Kinyanjui

Muungano, Mathare, Nairobi

Rashid Mutua

Muungano, Athi River, Machakos

Sophia Khamis

Muungano, Ugeni, Machakos & History team

Anastasia Wairimu

Muungano, Kahawa Soweto, Nairobi

Emily Wangari

Muungano, Mathare, Nairobi

Eva Muchiri

Muungano, Mathare, Nairobi & History team

Felista Ndunge

Muungano, Mukuru, Nairobi

Henry Otunge

Muungano, Korogocho, Nairobi

Jane Wairitu

Support professional, SDI Kenya

Joel Bolnick

SDI secretariat, South Africa

Joseph Mukeku

Private sector partner, Architect, Nairobi

Mama Mariam

Muungano, Tiwi, Kwale County

Michael Kanayu

Muungano, Matopeni, Mombasa

Patrick Njoroge

Support professional, Akiba Mashinani Trust

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

Susan Wanjiru

Muungano, Kambi Moto, Nairobi

More history

Timeline

Written reflections

 

Environment & Urbanization article

IIED working paper