Nairobi's Slums

This post originally appeared on the World Development Report 2011 blog.

Urban violence has reached unprecedented levels in many cities around the world, destabilizing whole societies and making life miserable for its victims. It is a trend we are looking at in detail in the upcoming World Development Report which looks at conflict, violence and development.

To get a better understanding of the complicated inter-play between poverty, gangs, and bare-knuckled politics, I visited Nairobi's Mathare slum which is home to 850,000 people. Julius, who runs the Julius Mwelu Foundation, showed me around. I took a small video camera with me...

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