Problem DescriptionKibera is one of the most notorious slums in the world. It faces a number of complex challenges such as high rates of poverty, poor sanitation, overcrowding, pollution, disenfranchisement, and vulnerability to routine flooding. Since 2006, KDI, a design and community development organization has worked on the ground in Kibera developing an array of 'Productive Public Spaces' that tackle these problems. These new spaces generally take polluted, underutilized, and unsafe zones and design replacement structures alongside community institutions to take their place. Each public space is different and addresses specific situational challenges, but is united under the goal of building not just social but also physical resiliency.
Kibera is the largest informal settlement in Sub-Saharan Africa with upwards of 3/4 million residents. Despite $25 million spent by nearly 200 NGOs each year, the city had no trash system and 1 toilet for every 250 people. Unemployment and poverty soared. Since 2006 KDI has built 7 Productive Public Spaces (with two more on the way) that aim to change these numbers for the better. Most recently KDI's solution was chosen as one of the winners of a OpenIDEO Amplify challenge. With this comes extra funding and resources as well as the opportunity to try out this solution in other parts of Nairobi.
- Project Overview
A visual overview of the the KDI project in Kibera
- Wilson Sageka, Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI)
Solution StageOne of the 7 stages of an innovation. Learn more
|STAGE||SPECIALIST SKILLS REQUIRED||EXAMPLE ACTIVITIES||RISK LEVEL AND HANDLING||FINANCE REQUIRED||KINDS OF EVIDENCE GENERATED||GOAL|
|Growing scaling and spreading6||Strong leadership, management, implementation skills|
|Evidence derived from evaluations in multiple sites, and independently run randomised control trials||Innovation or impact at scale|