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CURI Initiates Association with Tchundwa Primary School

The Centre for Urban Research and Innovation visited Tchundwa Primary School, Lamu County on 13th March 2015. CURI toured the school and had a meeting with the deputy headmaster to discuss matters pertaining to the school’s performance and their needs. It was highlighted that as much as the school’s performance has improved over the past year the school is short of material and equipment and is also in need of rehabilitation. The Centre’s members then got an opportunity to interact with the Class 7 Pupils of Tchundwa Primary School. Members gave motivational speeches to guide the pupils on what they will need to do in order to be high achievers

Mathioya Constituency Strategic Development Plan

This strategic development plan is aimed at addressing key development concerns in Mathioya constituency/district for a medium term period (2010-2017). This has been done in line with the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s), Kenya Vision 2030 and the Economic Stimulus Programme (ESP). The key focus of the plan is to identify the major strategic entry
points and interventions that will be used to spur development in the constituency/district. Furthermore the plan seeks to contribute towards the identification of how and where development programmes identified will be implemented. These include; expanded economic activities with special focus on marketing and value addition; improved economic and social infrastructure with special focus on road development and improved governance. This will help in achieving the following; food security, improved quality of education and health care for all, expanded access to ICT and environmental conservation.
The strategic development plan is organized into five chapters as follows; Chapter one gives the background information; Chapter two gives a review of the methodologies used; Chapter three gives a profile of Mathioya; Chapter four presents strategic interventions; while Chapter five presents an implementation framework.

Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan for the City of Nairobi, Kenya

Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan

For the City of Nairobi, Kenya

2010- 2020


Developed by

Members of the Environmental & Process Systems Engineering Group

Led by Associate Professor Harro von Blottnitz

University of Cape Town

CAD & ARC GIS Applicability in the Built Environment

Speakers:  Amit Rathi (VP – International Business/ ADCC International East Africa Limited) & Lovekesh Kakkar (Business Manager – Autodesk Business/ ADCC International East Africa Limited)

Event Date: 
Wed, 2014-07-16 14:00 - Thu, 2014-07-17 17:00
Event Venue: 
Space 108, ADD University of Nairobi


The Gandhi Smarak Nidhi fund will offer a limited number of partial


On 27th May 2014, the Nairobi City County made history by making a disclosure of its new Master Plan (2014-2030) through a colourful ceremony and presentation held at City Hall. Disclosure is a moment when a city announces the completion of major policy undertaking to its residents and stakeholders. The city of Nairobi, now over 100 years old has not had a comprehensive development plan since 2000, when the previous Plan (1973-2000) expired. The disclosure ceremony which aimed at presenting the synthesised findings and strategiesarrived at during the various technical working groups and public consultations drew audience from the county executive, the assembly, city residents, professional bodies and learning institutions. The event saw the presentation of the proposed urban planning, transport, infrastructure, information technology and social economy strategies that aim at making the city globally attractive and competitive.

The preparation of the Nairobi Integrated Urban Development Master Plan by the Nairobi City County (NCC) with support of JICA started in February 2013. The final launch of the plan is expected by end of July 2014. The plan seeks to address the current challenges of urban management system and proposes comprehensive and integrated interventions to make the city county an iconic and globally attractive aimed at regional integration and sustainability.

Paradox in Emali Town

Destroyed Livelihoods in the Name of Development

History: Emali town seats at the border of Makueni and Kajiado Counties. It has a long history, having started as a market point in the late 1800s. Then, the market was mainly for barter trade among the two communities –Maasai and Kamba- in the adjacent hinterlands. The areas’ central location and flat topography contributed to the location being chosen ideal for doing business. The different communities traded in various commodities essential for survival mainly animal hides, grains and livestock. Traditionally the Kamba community in Makueni County were mainly farmers while the Maasai community were largely pastoralist; this in itself provided a base for exchange (trade) of farm produces and animals/ livestock.

The construction of the Mombasa – Uganda Railway in early 1900s and establishment of a stopover at Emali contributed positively to the growth of the town. Likewise, the opening of the Mombasa – Nairobi Highway in the early 1950s boosted the trading node as many road users were able to interact with the town. The town that occupies a total area of 300 square kilometres, is located along the Mombasa – Nairobi highway, about 120 km from Nairobi and 350 km from (and to) Mombasa. It is also a gateway to both Loitokitok (Kajiado County, and subsequently Tanzania) and Wote (Makueni County Headquarters). The towns strategic location has made it a vibrant business node well known for its

Chuka ISUDP -Training of Enumerators

The planning team trained enumerators on socio-economic survey tools to be used for primary data collection in Chuka township on November 2020 .The enumerators were drawn from the local community with an aim to further sensitize the community on the planning process and for capacity building. 

Tharaka Nithi County Spatial Plan Community Visioning Workshops

Tharaka Nithi County Spatial Plan core planning team together with the project consultants held community visioning workshops on July 2019 across the four sub counties namely;Tharaka North, Tharaka South, Maara and Chuka. Through the exercise the planning team was able to gather vision statements from all the sub-counties and identify priority projects for the community.

Kitui County Spatial Plan Community Visioning Workshops

Kitui County Spatial Planning team conducted community visioning workshops from 23rd to 29th February 2020 in all the 8 sub counties in Kitui County covering 40 wards.The meeting was held to establish a common understanding of key planning and development issues in the county and for vision setting.  

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