Nakuru’s Visionary Approach to Informal Settlement Development

Nakuru County has engaged in a move towards improving the living conditions in informal settlements within Nakuru County, a collaborative effort between the Kenya Informal Settlement Improvement Project (KISIP II) and the County Project Coordination Team (CPCT) recently took center stage at a validation workshop. The primary focus of this workshop was the socio-economic planning of basic infrastructure, with the aim of aligning development plans with the aspirations of both the county government and the residents.

During the workshop there was a review by consultants tasked with ensuring that their output harmonizes with the needs and aspirations of the community. Additionally, the output should play a pivotal role in supporting the creation of community-led development plans (CDPs) in the second phase of the project, generously funded by the World Bank.

The CDPs are designed to address fundamental service and livelihood needs within informal settlements. Key thematic areas emphasized by the team include solid waste management, crime and violence prevention, socio-economic inclusion, and disaster management. These areas were identified as critical components in the quest to enhance the overall well-being of residents in informal settlements.

Chief Officer for Housing and Urban Development, Kamau Kuria, who also serves as the CPCT chairman, underscored the importance of these propositions aligning with the agenda set by H.E Governor Susan Kihika. The collective goal is to elevate living standards and promote sustainable development in Nakuru County. Kuria urged consultants to devise innovative and sustainable programs specifically tailored to assist the youth in earning a living and improving their overall living conditions.

The workshop served as a platform for collaborative dialogue, fostering a holistic approach to informal settlement development. By engaging with the aspirations of both the government and the community, the project aims to create solutions that are not only effective but also sustainable in the long run. The thematic areas addressed highlight a comprehensive strategy that extends beyond mere infrastructure development, touching on crucial aspects of community life.

As Nakuru County navigates the second phase of the Kenya Informal Settlement Improvement Project, the commitment to improving the lives of residents in informal settlements remains steadfast. The integration of socio-economic planning and community-led development plans demonstrates a forward-thinking approach that seeks not only to address immediate needs but also to pave the way for a resilient and thriving future for those in informal settlements.

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