Publications

Our cities have failed … decolonizing urban planning in the Afrocentric

Africa is urbanizing at an unprecedented rate, presenting unique challenges in managing and planning for urban development. This article by Beatrice Hati Gitundu and Alice Menya emphasizes that continuing with ...
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Adaptive governance by community based organisations: Community resilience initiatives during Covid-19 in Mathare, Nairobi

Adaptive governance describes the purposeful collective actions to resist, adapt, or transform when faced with shocks. As governments are reluctant to intervene in informal settlements, CBOs self-organize and take the ...
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Community vitality and frugal practices in informal settlements in Nairobi: Towards a typology

While community vitality is of increasing importance, it remains understudied. This study by Jan Fransen, Beatrice Hati, Rosebella Nyumba, Erwin van Tuijl explores community vitality in informal settlements by turning ...
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Frugal business model innovation in the Base of the Pyramid: The case of Philips Community Life Centres in Africa

This paper by Dr Elsie K. Onsongo, Prof. dr. Peter Knorringa and Prof. dr. Cees van Beers investigates how a multinational enterprise (MNE) engages in frugal business model innovation to find the ...
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Of Monopolies and Mini-Grids: Case Studies from Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and Senegal

Working Paper No. 1: UKRI-GCRF SIGMA Project Recent advances in decentralised renewable electricity systems have undermined long-held assumptions that electricity access and rural electrification can only be achieved via the ...
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Blogs & Perspectives

Experiencing the Evictions: A First-Hand Account of Displacement in Mathare

By Nora Yunes  Elafifi My journey to Nairobi began in the aftermath of the devastating floods that swept through Nairobi’s Mathare area. The death toll had risen to 15, and ...
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Understanding Knowledge, Perceptions and Beliefs of eCooking

By Dr Abigael Okoko Globally, there are calls and efforts to achieve sustainability in all sectors. Energy has not been left behind either in these efforts. Energy, a key pillar for ...
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Unearthing the digital divide among the urban poor in Kenya’s informal settlements

By Harrison Kioko and Beatrice Hati This document draws attention to a digital divide among the urban poor as traced in an exploratory study on digital platforms and household resilience ...
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Reaching the Hard-to-Reach Areas: A Case of Electrification of Remote Areas in Kenya

By Abigael Okoko Off-grid rural communities in Kenya experience a multitude of challenges; one of them being lack of access to electricity which limits the productive capacity of the people. ...
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Resilience – A channel of hope or just a fashionable jargon? An African Community Lens: Grounded Perspectives

Interpreting resilience in a (more) complex century ​A conceptual exploration. By Beatrice Hati – ​MSc, PhD (ongoing) ​Beatrice is an urban planner, development specialist and scholar-activist working as the Coordinator of ...
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