Football Pitch Make-over through Design Thinking

A lot was happening in Mlango Kubwa’s football pitch last week. Mlango Kubwa is a ward in the Mathare informal settlement in Kenya. Mathare has approximately 500,000 residence; Mango Kubwa itself has approximately 50,000 residents of which 70% of the population is 24 and under. After its inauguration by the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Antonio Guterres, it became the centerpiece of … Continue reading Football Pitch Make-over through Design Thinking

Visit to Mathare by Youth Envoy

Great to see Ahmad Alhendawi, UN Youth Envoy to the Secretary General, visiting once again the  Mathare Environmental Conservation Youth Group (M.E.C.Y.G). As he states, some huge leaps forward in services at the centre with the the development of the ‪‎Innovate‬ ‎Kenya‬ ICT and Entrepenruship programs, the great work of the iHub – Nairobi’s Innovation Hub and their Kio Kits, the continued focus … Continue reading Visit to Mathare by Youth Envoy

THE FIRST EVER SPORTS DAY IN KARIOBANGI, Powered By UN-HABITAT

Written by Emily Onyango on behalf of our partners The beginning of April meant a lot to different communities in Kariobangi who gathered as early as 7:00am to prepare for the sports day organized by UN-HABITAT in cooperation with CHRISC Kenya, Simama Africa, SWAGA and SOPA. One of the main objectives of the day was … Continue reading THE FIRST EVER SPORTS DAY IN KARIOBANGI, Powered By UN-HABITAT

Celebrating April 6th in Kariobangi, Kenya

Community Sports Day – Empowering Youth Through Sports Just a few days prior to a very significant day for all sports for development enthusiasts, April 6th, UN-HABITAT, in close collaboration with CHRISC Kenya, Simama Africa, Sports With A Goal Africa and Seeds of Peace Africa, staged a Community Sports Day at Marura Primary School in … Continue reading Celebrating April 6th in Kariobangi, Kenya

From Culture Shock to Amazement

Let’s also hear from Suheon and his first impressions and experiences in Nairobi. “I was a little bit worried when I heard first time that I will be working in slums. It is a completely new environment for me and I didn’t know what to expect. It took only short while to adjust though and … Continue reading From Culture Shock to Amazement

Keeping Fit in Nairobi’s Informal Settlements

Since November 2015, our Urban Sports Programme is supported by four amazing young people from South Korea. As Sports Management graduates, they came to support the development of different projects in Kenya and Rwanda for 5 months. Working in Nairobi is Yunhee and Suheon, who are closely working with our partner organizations on the ground, … Continue reading Keeping Fit in Nairobi’s Informal Settlements

Nairobi's Emerging Cities Dilemma

By Raphael Obonyo Kenya, like countries across the globe, must contend with the challenges of rapid urbanization. The dramatic spike in youth unemployment, slum populations, and poverty rates in recent years is cause for alarm, but the government has yet to tackle the issue. If Kenya’s rapid urbanization is left unmitigated, the country could see … Continue reading Nairobi's Emerging Cities Dilemma

New Publications Out! Check it out!

Youth Led Development: A Case Study from the Mathare Slum, KenyaYouth and their Needs Within Public Space Advancing Economic Citizenship for Children and Youth in Sub-Saharan Africa Stories from the Field: The UN-Habitat Urban Youth Fund Becomes a Tool for Youth Empowerment in Kibera Right to Participate: Report #1 Oslo Youth and Governance Platform More … Continue reading New Publications Out! Check it out!

How ICT is helping to change Kenya

The Innovate Kenya programme is a partnership between UN-Habitat. Samsung and local communities to foster innovation in Kenyan youth. One component of the programme is establishing 6 youth and ICT centres in Nairobi, Kenya, which will provide technology and entrepreneurship training to thousands of youth and youth-led groups. The backbone of this programme is an … Continue reading How ICT is helping to change Kenya

The Real change-makers

Last week, UN-HABITAT has been invited to run its Youth & Urbanization workshop at CHRISC Kenya annual leadership camp in Rongai. 60+ youth leaders from all over Kenya came together for 5 days of non-formal learning through games and sport. At the end of it, they were not the only ones leaving inspired. Our 9 … Continue reading The Real change-makers