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University of California, Berkeley – Mukuru Integrated Upgrading & Health Equity Project

By on August 25, 2016
University of California, Berkeley

Contact name and title
Professor Jason Corburn


Title of activity
Mukuru Integrated Upgrading & Health Equity Project

Description of activity
UC Berkeley, Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI) – Kenya, Akiba Mashinani Trust, Strathmore University, and University of Nairobi, are partnering to analyze and improve the environmental, housing, health and climate change hazards in the Mukuru informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya. The project is engaging hundreds of residents to also measure local air pollution from neighboring industries. An integrated plan – that aims to upgrade infrastructure, secure land rights, improve housing, reduce environmental health risks and address climate change adaptation – is being developed and considered for adoption by the Nairobi County Government.
Sustainable Development Goal 11 targets relating to activity
11.1 By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums
11.3 By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries
11.5 By 2030, significantly reduce the number of deaths and the number of people affected and substantially decrease the direct economic losses relative to global gross domestic product caused by disasters, including water-related disasters, with a focus on protecting the poor and people in vulnerable situations
11.6 By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management
11.7 By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities
11.a Support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, per-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning
11.b By 2020, substantially increase the number of cities and human settlements adopting and implementing integrated policies and plans towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, resilience to disasters, and develop and implement, in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, holistic disaster risk management at all levels

Main themes of this activity
Slum Upgrading
Planning and Design
Climate Change

Changes that took place as a result of this activity
Thousands of women have mobilized and secured new trunk sewer; a Special Planning Area is being designated for the Mukuru settlement to facilitate upgrading; hundreds of community health workers are helping to link planning, infrastructure and other environmental conditions to human health; a mobility strategy that aims to integrate Mukuru’s informal settlements into the fabric of Nairobi and its pending Master Plan has been drafted.
How the impact of the activity was measured
Community mobilization, improvements in self rated health, secure housing and economic opportunities, and reductions in environmental pollution.
Links related to the activity
  • IURD.Berkeley.edu
  • healthycities.berkeley.edu
  • http://sdinet.org/affiliate/kenya/
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