Mukuru is a 'slum belt' of informal settlements in an industrial area of Nairobi with an estimated population of over half a million people. Muungano and the residents of Mukuru have successfully lobbied Nairobi City County to declare the area a 'Special Planning Area'. This paves the way for development and slum upgrading in Mukuru, and the provision of essential and badly-needed basic services.
However, any development that happens must be done in a transparent way—one that genuinely works with local people, recognising and responding to their needs and views. Our Mukuru campaign, Boresha Mukuru Sasa, aims to both lobby and provide a vehicle for such an approach.