One quick look at an aerial photo of the slums of Nairobi and one is taken aback and is moved to do something about it. In viewing a Satellite Photo above was taken in 2004 from the GlobeXplorer-Terraserver Internet Project and you can see the scope of the problem.
Of course all these sights have been part of a study done by The United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) and they reveal that the slums of Nairobi are growing, exponentially and the people in them are also dying of HIV/AIDS at an exponential rate as well.
The Slum and Shanty-Town of Kibera in Nairobi, the Capital of Kenya is a disgraceful scene and a humanitarian disaster. Kibera is the home to 800,000 people, packed in like sardines, with no sewer system, flowing water, power or roads. Trash is often stacked up as high as the one story shanty-homes and can be seen from the air in a small aircraft.
The Kibera Slum is discussed at length in many academic papers and the slum is right next door to a huge golf course to help contrast the disparity between rich and poor. This provides one with a true visualization of the size of the actual problem. The impact to human life, the environment and the local economy are quite evident indeed.
Previously, the Online Think Tank had talked about working the massive slum revitalization project in sections. The huge Kibera Slum should be broken into 7 sections each with 3-5 sectors. Nairobi is completely due for a slum re-vitalization plan across the city.
Since the Kibera Slum is so huge, it might be wise to start in the some of the smaller slums around the Capital City Nairobi first to get an idea of how best to attack the problem. Thus, allowing the project team to learn how best to deal with the temporary displacement of people during the process and to refine the process prior to starting on the first sector of the first of seven sections in the Kibera Slum.
Kibera will indeed be the biggest challenge of all for Nairobi, as this humanitarian crisis is one of the largest problems in all of Africa. Some of this land is private and Nairobi has some interesting property laws however, Eminent Domain Strategies might be necessary in some sections or sectors to keep political peace, as all politics is local.
The revitalization project may wish to employ property purchases through negotiation VS straight out eminent domain procedures. If the property owners will not sell or eminent domain strategies are not feasible, property owners should agree not to raise the rent of inhabitants for 20-years after re-vitalization project is completed or they forfeit the property.
Perhaps these types of options should be explored, as it makes it fair for all concerned even is some have been less than fair in previous dealings. I certainly hope this article is of interest and that is has propelled thought. The goal is simple; to help you in your quest to be the best in 2007. I thank you for reading my many articles on diverse subjects, which interest you.