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In Nairobi, this informal settlement is changing how we adapt to floods

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The KDI public spaces are helping to inform the residents of Kibera relevant weather and climate information. Image: WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities

Madeleine Galvin
Research Assistant, WRI Ross Center For Sustainable Cities
Anne Maassen
Urban Innovation & Finance Associate, WRI Ross Center For Sustainable Cities
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In one of KDI’s public spaces, a newly constructed laundry pad allows women to watch their children while doing their work. Photo by WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities
The Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) is working with citizens on the Kibera Public Space Project, to co-develop solutions for flooding and other challenges in the informal settlement. Image: WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities
Creating play space for children is a commonly identified need for KDI sites.
Spaces designed for flood prevention can also function as offices, playgrounds, gardens and many more. Image: WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities
Daniel Odalo, a community leader for KDI’s fifth public space, in discussion with members of the Kibera Action Group Organization.
Communities are working together to design and maintain these multifunctional spaces. Image: WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities
The Kibera Public Space Project is empowering citizens to help to take care of their home. Image: WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities
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