Workshop: Physical Planning Forum, Sauti ya Nairobi, TISA, Uraia

The Citizens Coalition for a Better Nairobi ‘Sauti ya Nairobi’ steering team in collaboration with The Institute for Social Accountability (TISA) and Uraia has organized a one-day workshop scheduled for  Wednesday 27th  June 2018  from 8 .00 a.m.- 1 p.m. The workshop will bring together various stakeholders including both State and non-State actors such as Residents associations, Civil Society movements etc to share both their views, experiences and projections in physical planning matter.

The objectives of the Workshop include:

  • To share findings of an initial review on the current legal framework on physical planning in the City of Nairobi.
  • To establish cross cutting partnerships and networks in the field of physical planning.
  • To discuss and document the efforts and experiences of the various stakeholders in the field of physical planning.
  • To derive next steps necessary for legal reform or other required changes in physical planning. To utilize the discussion to improve the framework of the development of a Sauti Strategy

Sauti has offered a few places to members of the built environment who attend Naipolitans Forums and events to attend this forum.

If you are interested in attending the forum, please get in touch with Constant Cap <>.

As there are limited places available, these will be issued on a first come first serve basis.

The Citizens Coalition for a Better Nairobi, ‘Sauti ya Nairobi’ was formed in 2017 by a group of concerned residents and professionals. The concerned persons sought to bring together various actors who have been driving for change though a non-political voluntary group. Sauti has brought together various non -state city stakeholders including community leaders, professionals, youth groups, partner organizations and institutions and make use of our strengths as well as available citizen participatory means to advocate and drive towards better planning, accountable urban management and reliable services for citizens in Nairobi.

Sauti aims at utilizing partnerships, studying best practices and making tactical strategies that can help improve the quality of lives of citizens in Nairobi.

Sauti has identified physical planning as one key area that citizens lack not only awareness but are also almost powerless. The city is experiencing growth at alarming levels and the absence of any structured plan or framework in which this is happening is of growing concern. Residents are experiencing ‘change of use’ and ‘extension of use’ within their neighbourhoods that are giving authorization to incompatible land uses.

Many residents are not aware of how they can petition against developments. Majority do not know the development approval process and their rights in this process. There is very little data available (especially Spatial Data) that can enable residents to respond to the various change of use advertisements in the newspapers. Finally, the city lacks a clear legislated zoning policy. The City relies on the 2008 Nairobi City council zoning ordinance. As a number of these zones have been ‘under review’, this has resulted into loopholes in physical planning such as developer’s obtaining a leeway in going beyond the designated plot ratio and ground coverage.



Learning Exchange on Citizenship and Legal Identity, Namati (in October in Kenya, deadline 2 June)

2018 Learning Exchange on Citizenship and Legal Identity

In late 2018, the Global Legal Empowerment Network is organizing its first learning exchange focused on citizenship and legal identity. This learning exchange will be hosted by Namati and three dynamic organizations – Nubian Rights Forum, Haki na Sheria, and Haki Centre – who work with community paralegals to support communities to overcome discrimination in accessing legal identity documents and full citizenship rights. The exchange is open to applicants from around the world.

Participants of this learning exchange will be split into three teams and spend time in the field with Namati’s three implementing partners who will assign them to paralegals. They will accompany paralegals as they visit communities and handle cases relating to birth certificates, ID cards, passports, and death certificates; meet with civil society leaders working on citizenship rights; discuss tactics for high-level advocacy, including using grassroots data to call for change in policy and practice; and collectively workshop common challenges and develop concrete work plans for taking forward lessons learned.

Timeline: The exchange will last a duration of twelve days, with the tentative dates of October 7 – 19, 2018

Deadline to apply: June 3, 2018

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Event: Reading Africa in the Black Panther Film, Friday 6 April 2018, Rift Valley Forum & BIEA

 Reading Africa in the Black Panther Film 

4.30pm – 6.30pm・ 6 April 2018
Rift Valley Institute・Laikipia Road・Kileleshwa

The 2018 superhero film Black Panther, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name has evoked a lot of debate both within social and academic circles. The discussions have ranged from the casting, gender representations and use of violence, to female and black empowerment, and tensions between Africans and African Americans.

On 6 April 2018, the Rift Valley Forum in partnership with the British Institute in Eastern Africa will bring together panelists from different backgrounds to discuss the representation of Africa in the film. It aims to explore the question of how Africa is depicted by exploring the issue of homogenization and the concept of Blackness and diasporization, among others.

Sitawa Namwalie

Dr Wandia Njoya
 Lecturer, Daystar University

Nanjala Nyabola
Political Analyst

Mehul Gohil

Patrick Gathara

Dr Njoki Ngumi
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Film night: SHORTS, SHORTS & SHOTS, Docubox The Box


Put on your shorts, grab a shot and let’s watch some short films at the first Shorts, Shorts & Shots Night at the NBO Film Fest. The 100 minute program curated by The Box(A Docubox spin off) in partnership with the British Council, will feature some of Africa’s very best short films giving Nairobi audiences a chance to see these excellent short films that haven’t been seen beyond the festival circuit.

In addition, we will be celebrating the homecoming of the Kenyan / German short film Watu Wote with a screening of their Academy shortlisted film and welcoming their stellar crew and cast back from the Oscars. They will fill us in on their trip to the Oscars and their thoughts, hopes and dreams for the Kenyan film industry.

Films To Be Screened Are…

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Event: Media Credibility: How can the media regain public trust? (Thursday 6pm)

Following the controversial media shutdown in Kenya in early February 2018, there has been criticism towards the media. Once considered one of the most trusted institutions, the media has come under intense public criticism including allegations of bias, manipulation, and failure to highlight issues affecting the public.

On the other hand, journalists cite frustrations over editorial decisions to ‘kill’ stories, the failure to elicit a response from the public or even government investigations to their stories and exposés. The question remains, how can we address the credibility gap between the media and the public? What can be done to address the disconnect in expectations between the media and the public? Join us for an open, candid conversation about the role of the media and how to address the disconnect in expectations between the media and the public.

Thursday 22nd February | 6:00 pm |Nairobi Garage, Pinetree plaza. (Hurlingham) The panelists will be:

Kindly take a moment to fill in this RSVP form to confirm your attendance.

#WhatsNext Media: Discussion on the state of the media ecosystem in Kenya

#WhatsNext Media:
Discussion on the state of the media ecosystem in Kenya

Tuesday 20 Feb 6-pm @WeAreMettaNBO Riverside, 500 bob

At Nest, we run a monthly panel discussion series, where we bring together some of the sectors brightest minds on a specific vertical to ask them #WhatsNext? The panel typically consists of individuals from startups, corporates, investors, development agencies, academia, public interest groups and government.

Join us as we discuss the current state of the media ecosystem, explore the main constituents that affect the media’s public interest work and identify opportunities to support independent media.

The discussions will be based on but not limited to the recently published report titled, “Strengthening Kenyan Media: exploring a path towards journalism in the public interest” commissioned by the Omidyar Network.

Some of the pertinent topics set to be discussed include:

  1. Pressures and incentives which influence the media’s ability and willingness to provide independent, unbiased information of public interest.
  2. Reversing a decline in media support.
  3. Opportunities for supporting an independent media.

The event aims to provide a platform to exchange intellectual ideas and initiate a starting point for exploration of ways through which the Kenyan media ecosystem can flourish.

Key Highlights:

  • Presentation by Ory Okolloh– Director, Investments at Omidyar Network on Strengthening Kenyan Media. @kenyanpundit
  • Facilitation by Nanjira Sambuli. @ninanjira
  • Diversified high-level panel comprising media executives, chief editors, journalists, media bodies, influential bloggers/columnists among others.

Full list of panelists to be updated.

**The #WhatsNext series regularly sells out. Please book early to secure your seat. Please note that video and audio content may be recorded by the Mettā team

Cost Ksh. 500.00 for non-members.
Mpesa till no. 737416 Nest Group Africa

Instructions: Go to M-PESA & select Buy Goods

Event: One ‘slum’, three upgrades, Rift Valley Forum

It could be interesting to see how wageni are analysing slum upgrading efforts. If you have more direct life experience, go and chime in loudly!


One ‘slum’, three upgrades
Lessons for building community resilience from Kibera

2pm-4pm・ Tuesday 13 February 2018
Rift Valley Institute・Laikipia Road・Kileleshwa・Nairobi

In 2004, the Kenyan government in collaboration with UN-HABITAT launched the Kenya Slum Upgrading Programme (KENSUP), which aims to improve the living conditions of about 60 per cent of the country’s urban population by 2020. Kibera, the largest informal settlement in the country, is a pilot project under this programme. Other major development projects in Kibera include the Nairobi Railway Relocation Action Plan, and the National Youth Service-led Kibera Slum Upgrade Initiative. These programmes are geared towards providing better security and infrastructure, opportunities for improved housing as well as income generation…

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