It’s gonna come soon, it’s gonna come heavy: Coronavirus is on the horizon!

Welcome back. Today I am writing about the number one topic of discussion – Coronavirus! What most people in the Global North are now experiencing for the first time and in a relatively mild form is part of everyday life for many in the Global South: the juggling of multiple, existential crises. Extreme social riftsContinue reading “It’s gonna come soon, it’s gonna come heavy: Coronavirus is on the horizon!”

Give me a sack and I’ll set up a farm: Urban Farming in Nairobi’s informal settlements

Do we ever think of whether we will have food on the table today? I would say the majority of people in the Western world doesn’t because we can afford a lot of the food we need and want. In Africa, 58% of the population, around 1.26 billion people, is expected to live in citiesContinue reading “Give me a sack and I’ll set up a farm: Urban Farming in Nairobi’s informal settlements”

You spin me right round: circular economy in Nairobi’s informal settlements

Welcome back! Today’s topic is one of Nairobi’s circular economy. The circular economy is a model of production and consumption in which existing materials are shared, reused, leased, repaired, reconditioned and recycled. In this way, the life cycle of the products is extended. In practice, this means that waste is reduced to a minimum. MaterialsContinue reading “You spin me right round: circular economy in Nairobi’s informal settlements”

No shit! Human excrements in Nairobi’s informal settlements

Today’s topic might feel uncomfortable reading about! Still, it is an issue that urgently needs to be addressed given the side effects it entails for the population of Nairobi’s informal settlements: human excrements! As indicated in the blog on water pollution, human excrements are one reason for the persistence of particular diseases and infections inContinue reading “No shit! Human excrements in Nairobi’s informal settlements”

In deep water: Lacking clean water resources in Nairobi’s informal settlements

Water….for us more or less a taken-for-grantedness, for people in Nairobi’s informal settlements anything but that! Infrastructural shortcomings, including water and sanitation supply, are amongst the main challenges inhabitants of Nairobi’s informal settlements face. The municipal water supplier estimates that only 22% of the dwellers in Nairobi’s informal settlements have their own water supply andContinue reading “In deep water: Lacking clean water resources in Nairobi’s informal settlements”

Don’t you know that you’re toxic? Water pollution in Nairobi’s informal settlements

Water and Air, the two most essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans ~Jacques-Yves Cousteau Welcome to this week, in which I will post some blogs surrounding water in Nairobi’s informal settlements. It will get exciting, unhygienic, and probably unbelievable for us in Europe! Walking through Nairobi’s informal settlements myself,Continue reading “Don’t you know that you’re toxic? Water pollution in Nairobi’s informal settlements”

How long must we hold our breath? Air pollution in Nairobi’s informal settlements

The German thinker Peter Sloterdijk (2009) describes how humans ‘manufacture’ their own air – air that is of existential value for “a species which expires without air in two or three minutes” (p. 32). How humans’ air is manufactured is thus of incalculable value for us to survive (Graham, 2015). Nowadays, it is uncontested thatContinue reading “How long must we hold our breath? Air pollution in Nairobi’s informal settlements”

What the smell?! Dandora Dumpsite

Sometimes it is only a short way from paradise to hell. The journey from Gigiri to Korogocho takes less than half an hour. Gigiri is one of the wealthiest districts of Nairobi. The United Nations has its headquarters here, the US Embassy is here, entrenched behind barbed wire and high walls. Jacaranda trees blossom inContinue reading “What the smell?! Dandora Dumpsite”

Welcome, the inequality starts here!

Karibu! Welcome to Kenya, welcome to Nairobi and its informal settlements, and welcome to my blog! Over the next weeks, I will be providing an insight into topics around Urban Political Ecology (UPE) in Nairobi’s informal settlements. I have chosen to write about Nairobi’s informal settlements out of personal and academic reasons. When conducting myContinue reading “Welcome, the inequality starts here!”

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