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

UN Habitat's Youth Representative marks UN at 70 with children in Mathare slums

Raphael Obonyo, former UN Habitat’s Youth Representative marks UN at 70 with children in Mathare slums. As part of his reflective work, the former UN Habitat’s External Youth Advisor, Raphael Obonyo joined children and young people in the sprawling slums of Mathare in Kenya to mark the United Nations seventieth anniversary. Speaking at the function, the … Continue reading UN Habitat's Youth Representative marks UN at 70 with children in Mathare slums

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!

Rehabilitation of a Sports Field in Mathare

In 2014, a well-known community leader named Kaka (Swahili for brother) created a new sporting landmark in Mathare. With the help of many supporters (including UN Habitat), Kaka helped the community reclaim a football pitch. Since then, the space has been a beehive of activity, with kids and youth enjoying the space and community events taking … Continue reading Rehabilitation of a Sports Field in Mathare

Youth & Public Space Workshop in Mathare

  Saturday was fun! UN-HABITAT visited the Mlango Kubwa community in Mathare slums, Nairobi to run a workshop on public space planning with local children and youth. Our friends from Up with Hope, Spatial Collective and Mathare Environmental Conservation Youth Club helped us to put this event together.Though we planned for 30 participants, dozens more children showed … Continue reading Youth & Public Space Workshop in Mathare