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Measuring informality in Nairobi's Jua Kali

Nairobi, 12 October 2015 — Nairobi's informal sector contributes considerably to the success of Kenya as an innovation and emerging technology powerhouse. Attempting to capture what exactly the 'hustle' is has been the focus of the work undertaken by Tatiana Thieme. Her work to quantify the spaces of informality in which the majority of Nairobian youths currently operate has shed light on the vibrancy and innovation that typifies their work. See more.

She Builds. She Serves. She Leads.

Nairobi, 10 September 2015 — AkiraChix, a Kenyan non-profit founded in 2010 as a tech girl meet-up, has been working to inspire and cultivate a successful force of women in technology equipped to tackle urban poverty and sustainable development across Africa. See more.

The social enterprising women leading the fight to reduce recidivism and poverty in Nairobi

Nairobi, 14 August 2015 — With a maximum occupancy rate of 26,757 for its 108 institutions, the Kenyan Prisons Service is currently operating at 202 percent of its capacity. A number of social ventures and advocacy groups are targeting transformative programming to reduce these numbers and the high rates of recidivism in Nairobi. See more.

African tech entrepreneurs building bridges with Silicon Valley

The Global Entrepreneurship Summit will take place in Nairobi, Kenya, July 25-26, 2015. For the last six years, President Obama has aimed to help grow economic opportunity around the world through supporting entrepreneurship. After hosting the first summit in Washington, DC in 2009, the summit has been hosted by the governments of Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, and Morocco. Read more.

Whose land is it anyway? The failure of land law reform in Kenya

Land is a "key fault line" in Kenya. Throughout East Africa, land reform has failed to confront the material consequences of unequal access. Since the 1990s, law reform has been the favoured means of addressing contentious land issues. Bilateral and multilateral donors have promoted the rule of law, administrative justice, formalisation of tenure, promotion of individual title, encouragement of property markets and technical solutions – the cornerstone of what has been termed "global land policy". This template has led to land law reform, at the expense of substantive land reform. Read more.

Addressing transportation and logistics for Nairobi residents using non-motorized means

Nairobi, 7 July 2015 — In Nairobi, one of the most dangerous things you can do is to cross the street. According to the National Transport and Safety Authority, there were nearly 3,000 recorded deaths due to traffic accidents in 2014, the overwhelming majority of which were pedestrian. See more.

Innovations in health care access for Nairobi residents

Nairobi, 3 June 2015 — Unregulated pill shops and pharmaceutical dealers are abundant across Kenya. These shops are one of the most accessible and affordable immediate health care options available to residents of Nairobi's informal settlements. Seeking to fill a gap in the quality of care and ease of access to qualified medical workers, Access Afya has begun piloting efficiency-based micro-clinic models in two slums. See more.

Innovations in legal empowerment education and land rights for the urban poor

Nairobi, 13 May 2015 — Nairobi may be one of the hot urban real estate markets to watch for high-end and boutique investors, but tackling the disenfranchisement resulting from land-grabs faced by marginalized communities remains the battleground for one Kenyan organization dedicated to providing legal services to the poor. See more.

PrepCom 2 stalls on rules of procedure, issue to await U.N. General Assembly

Lack of agreement means participation by local authorities and stakeholders is up in the air for Habitat III process. Read more.

From waste to renewables, how one organization is working to transform life in Nairobi's slums

Nairobi, 1 April 2015 — Residents of informal settlements in Nairobi lack widespread access to affordable and sustainable energy sources. One innovative organization is working to transform raw waste into energy that is both affordable and accessible to impoverished individuals. See more.