The Visioning of a Future Resilient Nairobi

The Nairobi Risk Hub hosted a consortium of stakeholders on Friday 7th August,2020 in a
webinar- ‘THE NAIROBI VISIONING WORKSHOP’. The workshop brought together key policy
actors that were drawn from the National and County Governments, Civil Society, UN agencies,
Professional societies, Private sector and Academia. This workshop facilitated the stakeholders
to identify a shared vision for a future resilient Nairobi.

The participants first identified potential challenges and opportunities towards building
resilience for the urban poor. Largely private sector driven development with minimal
government regulation stood out as a key impediment to urban poor resilience. While
acknowledging the critical role played by the private sector in service provision, participants
thus advocated for government regulation of private sector service provision and the need for a
balance in both government and private led development to enhance resilience of the urban
poor. Secondly, they established the role of science in integrating disaster risk management in
urban planning and development processes as a key contributor towards a more resilient

By creating a shared vision of a future resilient Nairobi, this workshop was the first step in
establishing a Community of Practice (COP) around Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). Going
forward, this COP will guarantee continuous contribution to the City’s resilience building by
either helping guide the research or as participants in the research itself.


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