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How Big Data can Change the Lives of the Urban Poor

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 07.28.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Data plays a crucial role in any serious effort to reduce urban poverty. It's tough to design initiatives and measure success without a clear understanding of who people are, where they live, and what problems they face.

How Matatus and Kekes are Improving the Lives of the Urban Poor

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Lack of planning, rapid urbanization, and overcrowding are some of the issues residents face on a daily basis. Many current forms of urban transportation are inefficient, unsafe, and unsustainable. The following examples are from cities attempting to create an efficient and affordable system.

How the Sun Helps Nairobi's Slum Dwellers Get Clean Water

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 06.12.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Access to water is a central issue for slum dwellers around the world. Getting water is often a time-consuming endeavor that involves waiting in long lines and walking great distances. Water is often more expensive for the poor than for the wealthy, demanding a large portion of families' budgets.

Kenya's Message to the West

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.22.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Uhuru Kenyatta's disputed election to the presidency of Kenya earlier this month raises a host of questions regarding its legality, Kenyatta's indictment at the International Criminal Court (ICC), and whether Kenya will become isolated as a result.

Informality: The Invisible Divider Between Urban Residents

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 04.24.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Because residents of informal settlements in Mexico City are under constant threat of eviction, they do not make infrastructure necessary investments, thereby reducing their health and quality of life.

Floating Schools and Green Mortgages: Constructions to Help the Urban Poor

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

As slums, schools, and homes are designed and built in cities across the developing world, the urban poor are making use of new and innovative approaches to construction.

Redefining the Female Role Model

Ming Holden | Posted 04.17.2013 | Impact
Ming Holden

The war tore their hearts open, their bodies open, their families open. But they learned to create a wheel with their human presence for each other: what they lose through those gaps, they transform into performance, and enacting it with one another gives nourishment back.

On the Culture Front: Africa Onstage and Up Close

Chris Kompanek | Posted 04.16.2013 | New York
Chris Kompanek

The unknown is generally thrilling in any form. It's the feeling that all your past experiences have been rendered irrelevant by what's now in front of you.

Security of Tenure for the Urban Poor: A Critical Tool for Sustainable Social and Community Resilience

Jane Weru | Posted 01.27.2013 | Business
Jane Weru

Nairobi is a thriving metropolis that unfortunately suffers from high levels of inequality and violence. Sixty-five percent of the city's population of 4 million lives in the highly marginalized densely populated slums of the city. In 2007, something remarkable happened.

Health Interventions and Local Mores: Approaches to Effective Intervention

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 03.12.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

What impact do local traditions have on health indicators? How can modern approaches be paired with indigenous customs to improve the health of communities? These are some of the questions that our correspondents set out to answer.

Nairobi Police Say Closeted Gays Being Blackmailed And Attacked By Gangs

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 01.05.2013 | Gay Voices

Police in Nairobi, Kenya are on the lookout for a gang that has been blackmailing -- and in some cases even raping -- closeted gay men in the African ...

Nairobi on the Precipice

Terrance Ross | Posted 03.05.2013 | College
Terrance Ross

If Africa is to be pegged as a continent on the developmental cusp in the next decade, then Kenya encapsulates this progress, and its capital Nairobi is the ultimate harbinger.

Kenya: Punishing Refugees Won't Stop Terror Attacks

Michel Gabaudan | Posted 02.19.2013 | World
Michel Gabaudan

Kenya certainly faces legitimate security concerns. And with the country's presidential campaign heating up, it is understandable that the government wants to make its city streets safer and more secure.

How Can I Help?

Jill Sheffield | Posted 02.09.2013 | Impact
Jill Sheffield

She carried a newborn baby on her front, and another, older baby on her back. She told me that she had already been pregnant 11 times, but only had six living children. I was immediately struck by the fact that although we were the same age, I had so many choices that she did not.

Driving in Kenya -- What's the Limit?

Donatella Lorch | Posted 02.09.2013 | World
Donatella Lorch

As soon as he turned 18, my son Nico declared he was getting a driver's license. Nothing unusual there, but I have to admit, I hesitated. Nairobi is not exactly suburban Maryland.

Law and Order: Special Kenya Unit

Donatella Lorch | Posted 02.02.2013 | World
Donatella Lorch

My work and travels have taken me across large swaths of Kenya, from its densely populated agricultural heartland and crowded cities to the pastoralist semi-arid lands. My husband and I dream of retiring here. So why did the news of a murder leave me so troubled?

Turning Trash Into Holiday Treasures

John Allen Yeager | Posted 01.30.2013 | Impact
John Allen Yeager

Life is cheap where hope is scarce. And here in Nairobi's Haruma slum, you have to look hard to find any hope.

A Tsunami of Suds

M. Sanjayan | Posted 01.12.2013 | Green
M. Sanjayan

The soapy surge was well over two stories high in places. It rose from the fast-flowing creek that runs below the road, whose waters were now a mounting froth spilling over the banks. A scene like this can't help but make you grateful for the Clean Water Act in the U.S.

A Smile Is the Universal Language

Christa Zambardino | Posted 01.09.2013 | Impact
Christa Zambardino

If I were to sum up my time at Light of Hope in one word I would choose the word "smile." Here I am halfway across the world, don't know one word of the local language(s), unaware of what the next 10 days will have in store for me but what I did find out is that a facial expression of a smile can speak for itself.

Navigating Nairobi's Maasai Markets, Matatus and Modernism

Culture-ist | Posted 12.25.2012 | Travel

Highly regarded by locals, this little eatery allows you to choose your own meat from the butchery downstairs before it's barbequed on the fire and plated for you at the restaurant above.

Refugee Finds His Parents Alive After Seventeen Years

Sasha Chanoff | Posted 12.09.2012 | Impact
Sasha Chanoff

Justin was only 13 when soldiers descended on his remote village in the Congo. His last most vivid memory of his family was being separated from them as his father yelled for Justin to run and not look back while his neighbors were attacked.

Africa's Hotel Boom

AP | JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 10.01.2012 | Travel

NAIROBI, Kenya -- The rooftop pool at Nairobi's newest high-rise hotel juts out over the edge so swimmers can peer through the glass bottom eight stor...

Secretary Charged In Ambassador's Death

AP | TOM ODULA | Posted 10.06.2012 | World

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenyan authorities on Monday charged the first secretary of Venezuela's embassy with the murder of that country's acting ambass...

Out Of Africa: Why My Parents' Retirement Has Hit Me Hard As Well

Scott Warren | Posted 09.05.2012 | Fifty
Scott Warren

The uncertainty of the future scares me. I always knew that retirement would be hard on my parents. I didn't know that it would hit me hard, as well.

Spear-Wielding Mob Kills 6 Lions

AP | Posted 06.20.2012 | World

NAIROBI, Kenya -- The Kenya Wildlife Service says residents on the outskirts of Nairobi speared to death six lions after the carnivores killed four go...