Emerging Trends and Opportunities for urban cities in Africa Workshop to be Held in Nairobi from 22nd January-25th January 2012


By Irene Karanja

Arif Hasan is a retired architect and currently a planning advisor to many local and foreign Governments, national and international NGOs, and bilateral and multilateral donor agencies. Since the 80’s, he has been involved with the Orangi Pilot Project (OPP) and is the founder Chairman of the Urban Resource Centre (URC), Karachi, since its inception in 1989.

Mr. Hasan is also a founding member of Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR) in Bangkok and continues to be one of its most active members. He has been a Member of the very prestigious Jury of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. He is on the Governing Board of numerous local, national and international civic and public affairs institutions, including the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in the UK.

SDI (Slum Dwellers International) has been very keen to support “city” reflections. On the invite of SDI, Arif Hassan will be making a tour of African cities, with a great will to share and assist us all to reflect upon “the city”. In a space with players like governments, private sector, academia, slum federation networks and NGO’s, how do we all play a role is advancing our fast urbanizing cities? And what is that space that we can occupy amidst all the dynamics of the city [land, inflation, politics, large infrastructure expansions, vibrant real estate etc]

Participating countries will include; Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Uganda and Ghana.

In this regard, we would like you all to bring your cities to Nairobi. To assist us in this, we would like to request that you all put together presentations which you will present within your 15 minutes allocation. Please plan to present alongside your country team with whom you have come with.

Here are some housekeeping and conference preparation things that invited delegates need to know and have;

1. Travel & Hotel: Delegates will be arriving on 21nd January 2012, and will be picked from the JKIA airport. There will be a site visit to Huruma and Mathare on Sunday.
2. The workshop starts on 23rd Monday up to 25th Wednesday. You will be staying at the Panafric Hotel for ease of interactions after and before sessions. We will have an informal social dinner at the hotel. The sessions will begin at about 9:00am.
3. Presentation preparations We would like to reiterate, please do come prepared with what we have suggested bellow in order for us to have interactive sessions together.
1. a brief country background;
2. A brief background of a city in your country that you have chosen (maybe because you have or plan to have interventions in)
3. A small back ground to the evolution of slums, informal settlements in your city or country,
4. Your intervention as an affiliate in your country/city: you can also select 1-3 projects that best describe your highlights/achievements as an affiliate.
5. Any government policy stands out to support/encourage or to challenge your interventions.
6. Any Questions, clarifications or expectations you may have (that would form part of the discussions and learning)
7. You will have 15 minutes to present this at the workshop.
8. Please do suggest using anyone from your team who would be a good candidate to moderate any of the sessions when called upon.
We look forward to having very interactive, fun and exciting discussions.

Below is a programme for the Event
Muungano Support Trust
Cities where the urban poor live in dignity meeting basic needs to scale

Saturday 21st January 2012
All day Arrival of Delegates

Sunday 22nd January 2012
09:30 – 13:00 Field Visit and Orientation
• Huruma – Kambi Moto and Gitathuru
Host : Mr. Mukeku
14:30 – 17:00 Field Visit
• Mathare – Zonal Planning, Water Services Trust Fund
Host: Muungano Federatand Professor Ngau
17:00 – 20:00 Cocktail Reception and Dinner

Monday 23rd January 2012
08:00 – 09:00 INTRODUCTIONS
• Arif Hassan -Renowned Architect and Publisher
• Irene Karanja – Muungano Support Trust
• Benson Osumba – Muungano Wa Wanavijiji
09:00 – 10:30 CITIES
• Understanding Nairobi City
• Describing your city, generally – Each country to have 15 minutes to describe their cities.
Moderator: Jack Makau
Panelists: Arif and City Officials
Guests: KISIP
10:30 – 11:00 TEA BREAK
11:00 – 12:30 • Describing your city
15 minutes discussion per country with the Panelist

12:30 – 14:00 LUNCH BREAK
14:00 – 16:00 How cities are dealing with Slum Issues
City – Mombasa
16:00 – 16:30 AFTERNOON TEA
16:30 – 18:00 Conclusions on the day’s discussions – Mr. Arif Hassan
18:00 – 20:00 Dinner

Tuesday 24th January 2012
08:00 – 10:00 Federations
What is your federation doing about Slums?
• Venue: Sarova Panafric
• Moderator : Joseph Kimani
• Panelists: Arif and Jane Weru
Presentations by Kenya and Tanzania (30 mins per country)
10:00 – 11:00 TEA BREAK
11:00 – 12:30 Presentations by Ghana and South Africa (30 mins per country)
12:30 – 14:00 LUNCH BREAK
14:00 – 16:00 NGOs / PARTNERS / ACADEMICS
• How can you scale up your efforts
• Rockefeller Foundation
• Umande
16:00 – 16:30 AFTERNOON TEA
16:30 – 18:00 Conclusions on the day’s discussions – Mr. Arif Hassan
18:00 – 20:00 Dinner

Wednesday 25th January 2012
Venue: Sarova Panafric
Moderator : David Mathenge
Panelists: Arif, Mukeku
Kenya – 1hour
Tanzania – 1 hour
10:30 – 11:00 TEA BREAK
10:00 – 12:00 Ghana – 1 hour
12:00 – 13:30 LUNCH BREAK
13:30 – 16:30 Discussions with the Invited guests
16:30 – 17:00 AFTERNOON TEA
17:00 – 18:00 Conclusions on the day’s discussions – Mr. Arif Hassan
18:00 – 20:00 DINNER

Wednesday 25th January 2012
08:00 South Africa Stellenboch team visits to Thika town
09:00 – 13:00 Team meets with Thika Municipality
Host: Dominic
13:00 – 14:30 LUNCH BREAK
14:30 – 16:00 Discussions Continue
16:00 Team leaves for Nairobi
18:00 – 20:00 DINNER

Thursday 26th January 2012
09:00 – 10:30 Venue: Sarova Panafric
Thika Municipal and Stellenboch team convene a discussion
Moderators: David and Dominic
10:30 – 11:30 TEA BREAK
11:30 – 13:00 Teams continue discussions with delegates
13:00 – 14:30 LUNCH BREAK
14:30 – 17:30 Delegates meet university students on question answer sessions
Venue: University of Nairobi
Host: Prof. Ngau and Prof. Abonyo
18:00 – 20:00 DINNER

Friday 27th January 2012
09:00am – 13:00pm • Exhibition by the Muungano wa Wanavijiji
• Shopping
13:00pm Delegates Departure

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