Celebrations at the groundbreaking ceremony

Kibera Public Space Project 10

KPSP10 in context

Community design workshop

Model of the new Productive Public Space

Celebrations at the groundbreaking ceremony

Kibera Public Space Project 10

Kibera Public Space Project 10

Located in Andolo village, KPSP10 aims 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 the most at-risk 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

KDI guided residents through a series of workshops to identify flood risks and socioeconomic needs before proposing feasible solutions.

The community 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

Getting community feedback on the site model

Building on these infrastructural improvements, KPSP10 will be composed of a playground, a water tank, laundry area, kiosks, and a community space to host activities and events.

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

Impact

Andolo Bridge Community group Leadership Committee

Once completed at the end of 2018, KPSP10 will help realize residents’ vision for a safe environment, cohesive community, and increased opportunities to generate income.

It will also provide a valuable case study for practitioners and policy-makers seeking to mitigate flooding in informal settlements through integrated, community-led solutions.