KPSP10 baraza on the newly flood-protected riverbank

Kibera Public Space Project 10

KPSP10 in context

Community design workshop

Model of the new Productive Public Space

Presenting the site model for feedback

KPSP10 baraza on the newly flood-protected riverbank

Kibera Public Space Project 10

Kibera Public Space Project 10

Located in Andolo village, KPSP10 aimed to test, evaluate and refine the Productive Public Space model as a comprehensive strategy to reduce flood risk while incorporating the community’s wider economic and social priorities. KPSP10 is the first intervention to be built under the Community Responsive Adaptation to Flooding research project.

Context

Original conditions at the site

Perched on the banks of the Ngong River, Andolo is the poorest area in Kibera and one of the most at-risk neighborhoods during flood season.

Having previously worked with the community to install improved drainage, KDI teamed up with new community organization Andolo Bridge Community group to develop Kibera’s tenth Productive Public Space.

Process

Community design workshop to assess challenges and solutions

Following initial data collection to understand baseline conditions, KDI guided residents through a series of workshops in which they identified their priority needs and vision for the space.

The community then conducted a clean up at the site and elected a Leadership Committee to direct the project. Gabions and drainage were installed to stabilize the riverbank and prepare for construction.

Solution

The finished site is an eyecatching gathering place for Andolo

The completed KPSP10 site features a flood-protected landscape, playground, water tank, laundry area, shaded seating, kiosks, and a community space to host activities and events.

Programs held there include river safety training to boost the community’s resilience to flooding, while a water business and kiosk rental generate revenue.

Impact

Andolo Bridge Community group Leadership Committee

KPSP10 is helping realize residents’ vision for a safe environment, cohesive community, and increased opportunities to generate income.

Implemented within a robust research framework under the Community Responsive Adaptation project, it also provides a valuable case study for practitioners and policy-makers seeking to mitigate flooding in informal settlements through integrated, community-led solutions.