“Every time I heard a boom, even if it was the sound of a cracker, I sat up at night and could not sleep anymore. I feared it was a stove blast”, says Sarah Musau a mother of three (3) children aged 19, 13 and 9 years respectively. For 15 years, Sarah and her family lived beside Kenya railway tracks that passes through Kibera informal settlement. During this period, three fire incidents gutted down her home leaving her and her children with nothing except the clothes they were in at the time.
Despite the localized impact registered through a number of Civil Society led pro-poor service intervention models in informal settlements of Kenya, such interventions have remained peripheral to the national slum upgrading efforts. One of the reasons presented for this is the limited knowledge on the wider applicability of these models amongst the policy makers and researchers.
The Civil Society Urban Development 'Programme' is now Civil Society Urban Development 'Platform'. But, we have not just changed our name.We believe that our new identity better represents our purpose and the breadth and depth of our work. The transition to a fully-fledged organization is a reflection of our journey and our growth.