Urban Informal Settlements in East Africa: Community-led Upgrading for Health Equity

Colloquium | November 7 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Jason Corburn, Professor, City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley; Jack Makau, Director, Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI)

 Center for African Studies

Professor Jason Corburn will describe a ten-year partnership between his UC Berkeley team and the NGO Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI) focused on improving the lives and living conditions in the urban slums of East African Cities. This partnership has mapped thousands of formerly ‘invisible’ slums, literally putting people and their communities on the map and stimulating action. Upgrading projects in urban slums include infrastructure and housing, youth and women’s programs, and changes to national policies. The talk will describe an on-gong effort in the Mukuru settlement of Nairobi, Kenya, and a unique improvement project called the Special Planning Area. He will be joined during the talk by Jack Makau, the Director of SDI-Kenya.

Prof. Jason Corburn is a Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning and the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. He directs the Institute of Urban & Regional Development and Chairs the Urban Studies program at Cal. His research focuses on democratic and participatory science and action to improve urban health. He is leading projects on community-driven solutions for inequities and poor health in Richmond, California, Medellin, Colombia and Nairobi, Kenya. He is the author of five books on urban health, including "Street Science” and “Slum Health” (UC Press 2016), which won the 2017 Highly Commended Book Award from the British Medical Association.

Jack Makau, is the Director of Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI). SDI works in over 33 countries with the urban poor to secure their right to secure housing, services and well-being. Mr. Makau has worked across Sub-Saharan Africa with local communities as an organizer, researcher, policy advocate and communications specialist.

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