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Kibera Public Space
Project 07 (KPSP 07)

Background

Kibera is the largest slum in Nairobi, if not Africa, and is infamous for its scale, location, history, and degraded conditions. Kibera is just four kilometers from downtown Nairobi and occupies a space two-thirds the size of New York City's Central Park. Kibera has no formal trash collection system and limited sanitation facilities. Many residents live on less than USD$1 a day and unemployment and crime rates are high. Land tenure is precarious and housing density leaves little traditional open space for children to play or communities to gather. KDI recognizes that poverty in Kibera involves a complex set of interconnected problems — financial, environmental, physical, political, and social — but also acknowledges Kibera's assets: community activism, informal economies and entrepreneurship.

KPSP 07

The seventh site of the Kibera Public Space was proposed by Lindi Village residents in June of 2014. Since then KDI has been working alongside the community members to realize this ongoing project.

Initial proposals coming from the KUFON community group included various income generating ventures, sanitation services, and training programs for area youth. After numerous meetings in July and August with the KDI team, these initiatives were focused towards the construction of a sanitation facility, a small business kiosk, a public laundry washing facility, a space for public performances, and play areas for the neighborhood children.

Upon breaking ground at the end of September 2014, the work focused on the reclamation of land from the Ngong river through the construction of the numerous levels of flood control. A stone filled gabion wall and a sloped gabion mat were chosen to both protect the site from the season flooding of the river, and to accommodate the over flooding that is to be expected every 10 years.

As part of the extensive participatory design process, KDI and KUFON set up management structures and financial systems, with input from previous KPSP partners, to enable the community to operate the planned public facilities. KPSP07 was opened in 2015, and a pedestrian bridge added to the site was formally approved and adopted by the Nairobi City County, who also installed a public lighting system in the site in 2017.

 
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