CSUDP Partners with UoN - CURI
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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.

It is against this background that the Civil Society Urban Development Platform (CSUDP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Nairobi – Centre for Urban Research and Innovation (UoN / CURI) to strengthen innovation through progressive research on the various models of intervention and promote traction within the technological sphere. This MoU establishes a cooperation framework for the two institutions to link urban research and practice. Through this framework, CSUDP will leverage its work with a network of over 2,800 Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s) active in urban centers in twenty One (21) counties of Kenya to benefit from UoN/CURI’s strength in capacity building, knowledge production and research towards knowledge based policy and practice.

Speaking during the MoU signing ceremony, at CSUDP’s premises in Westland’s, Nairobi on 24 January 2017, Mr. George Wasonga, CSUDP’s Chief Executive Officer observed that CSUDP had invested in building a formidable constituency of urban actors over the past 5 years with a growing appetite for urban knowledge necessary to address the myriad of urban challenges. The local urban multi-stakeholder dialogue and consensus building platforms, the Local Urban Forums (LUFs), face the constant challenge of finding fitting solutions, particularly for the majority disadvantaged urban residents.

“Good practices must be built on a strong foundation of knowledge. Ultimately, it is the transfer of these good examples and the potential impact they have especially for the benefit of the disadvantaged urban majority – living in urban slums and informal settlements that is the bigger prize”, said Mr. Wasonga.

Dr. Musyimi Mbathi, Coordinator UoN - CURI, affirmed the MoU exemplifies the two institutions commitment to knowledge based urban policies and practice as it establishes a common platform for co-production of knowledge and an opportunity for knowledge sharing and mutual learning. The formal agreement between CSUDP and UoN/CURI will promote collaborative ideas and objectives that relates to building successful models through research, design and planning; joint research and co-production of knowledge; knowledge networking, and exchange/learning and policy dialogues.

“We look forward to a fruitful and mutually beneficial partnership through this MoU that will not only advance the vision and mission of the two institutions but also contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal 11 as well as the commitments carried in the New Urban Agenda (NUA) at the national level”, were Ms. Judith Oluoch, CSUDP’s Business Development Manager concluding remarks.

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