UN Habitat short film: Too Pressed to Wait

Published on Jan 22, 2016

Jane Weru is the Executive Director of Akiba Mashinani Trust, a nonprofit organization working on developing innovative community led solutions to housing and land tenure problems for the urban poor in Kenya. Her lecture ‘Too Pressed To Wait’ is based on the realization that the water and sanitation hygiene systems in informal settlements in Nairobi are greatly lacking or inadequate, and that this state of affairs is causing a strain on both the physical and psychological health of people who live and work in these settlements, in particular women and girls. This situation is compounded by other challenges facing informal settlements such as land tenure insecurity, poverty and gender-based violence.

Associated material:

UC Berkeley | Dept. of City & Regional Planning University of Nairobi | Dept. of Urban and Regional Planning And Pamoja Trust (2009) Collaborative Slum Planning and Upgrading Mathare Valley, Nairobi, Kenya. http://healthycities.berkeley.edu/upl...

Corburn, J. (2013) Healthy City Planning: From Neighbourhood to National Health Equity. Routledge. http://books.google.co.ke/books?id=of...

Weru J., (2013) Security of Tenure for the Urban Poor: A Critical Tool for Sustainable Social and Community Resilience Huffington Post retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jane-weru/

The Guardian, theguardian.com, Wednesday 29 October 2014 15.33 GMT

Leo Tong