Efforts to Upgrade Slums Undermined By Graft, Lack of Consultation - Researchers

By Kevin Mwanza

Nairobi — Corruption, poor management and lack of public consultation have hurt repeated efforts by the Kenyan government and donors to improve slums, including Kibera, the country's largest, researchers said.

Fieldworkers from Urban ARK, a global research programme, studied three projects in Kenya's slums and recommended future projects consult with affected communities in order to improve the chances of success.

"This will ensure a robust understanding of the local context, including its risk dynamics, and enable transparency and accountability," Urban ARK said in a briefing note.

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