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Slum upgrading in Kenya: what are the conditions for success?

Slum upgrading in Kenya: what are the conditions for success?

JANE WERU and WILLIAM COBBETT EARLIER this month, the Canadian High Commissioner hosted a roundtable to showcase the upgrading of Mukuru. The slum exemplified decades of neglect by the Kenyan political elite: impassable roads, especially in the rainy season, sewerage in the street, standing water, plastic and uncollected garbage everywhere, the residents housed in tightly-packed and overcrowded informal settlements. Similar scenes are on view in Nairobi’s other major slums: Kibera, Korogocho and Muthare valley. They are familiar nationally and internationally through countless visits by visiting dignitaries, academics, media and development agencies.  A project here and there has provided some services…
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