Laundry center at KPSP05

Kibera Public Space Project network

Co-design process for KPSP11

Groundbreaking for KPSP10

Completed KPSP10

Gardening program at KPSP01

Laundry center at KPSP05

Kibera Public Space Project network

The Kibera Public Space Project

In 2006, KDI began working with residents of the informal settlement of Kibera to design and activate a network of Productive Public Spaces that could meet their physical, social and economic needs. The network continues to grow and build resilience across the settlement today.

Context

Existing conditions in Kibera

Home to around 250,000 residents, Kibera is characterized by crowded conditions, a lack of waste disposal and sanitation services, high unemployment and crime rates and severe flooding.

Yet despite these economic, social and environmental challenges, Kibera also has many assets: entrepreneurship, ingenuity, a strong social fabric, and extensive community activism.

Process

Design workshop for KPSP08, Anwa Junior Academy, with students

The process to develop each site in the KPSP network is completely collaborative, connecting local expertise with technical resources.

We work with community groups and residents to design the built components of each site through an iterative series of workshops. At the same time, residents learn management skills and develop programs and businesses to bring the site to life.

Solution

KPSP05 in Gatwekera Village

The KPSP sites are hubs of cultural exchange, economic activity, and environmental remediation.

They provide water, sanitation, and laundry facilities, and reduce flood risk through green infrastructure and flood protection. Resident-managed programs, many led by women and youth, generate income to maintain the sites while building residents’ skills.

Impact

Completed KPSP01 site

The KPSP has played a critical role in promoting resident-led upgrading in Kibera, demonstrating that it is more sustainable and effective.

Together, the public spaces help remediate the entire watershed while serving tens of thousands of residents and anchoring a network of over 250 community leaders.

As the government launches a new integrated upgrading process for Kibera, the KPSP will be at the center of community engagement efforts.