Kenyan federation of slum dwellers
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A project of Nairobi City County

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What is the Mukuru SPA?

Mukuru Special Planning Area sets in motion one of the largest informal settlement upgrading projects – ever. The SPA process aims to transform a slum area of 650 acres into a healthy, functioning neighbourhood, improving the lives of people who live there.

Mukuru’s challenges are some of the most severe in Nairobi. The SPA goes beyond providing a legal basis for an upgrade. It is an innovative, evolving approach to large-scale collaborative community planning, where Mukuru’s residents, the County government, and around 42 organizations – civil society, academia and private sector – all work together to design an ‘integrated development plan’ for the area, its 138,000 households, and its businesses and institutions.

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Residents: how to participate

The heart of the SPA planning process is the participation of Mukuru’s residents. All residents in the areas under the SPA have a right to participate in the consultation process. You do not need to be part of Muungano. The SPA is under the Nairobi City County and the consultations provide a platform for people to present their issues to their representatives.

The Muungano Alliance has worked with the Mukuru community for over 10 years: its SPA role is to mobilize the community, help organise the consultation process, and coordinate the 42 organisations working together to draw up the plan.

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Where is the process now?

Voices

The Community Mobilizer: "I love being challenged”

The Planner: "In a brownfield the community is the client and also the designer"

The Community Mobilizer: "people aren't sitting in a boardroom, it's residents coming up with plans'

Mukuru SPA youtube playlist

 

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Building the Integrated Development Plan

42 organizations working with Nairobi County on the SPA planning process. Their work is organized into 7 thematic consortiums – with an 8th mobilising and communicating with Mukuru’s residents. Each consortium contributes to the inclusive integrated development plan, by:

  • collecting and analysing data on the situation

  • consulting the community, seeking feedback on draft proposals

  • developing solutions that integrate community knowledge and dreams with finance, legal and spatial realities



The SPA gives the community, County & partner organizations the space to develop innovative & creative planning responses to a unique area with both special challenges & special opportunities.



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