Kalobeyei Photobook 2: A sustainable settlement for all – then vs now
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Kalobeyei Photobook 2: A sustainable settlement for all – then vs now

Day by day, extraordinary development and demographic changes are sweeping through Africa. Cities on the continent and in Kenya will face significant challenges and transformation over the remainder of this century, with new development, economic growth, technology, and innovation emerging as key themes. At the centre of it, good urban planning, and well-planned urbanization unlock the potentials of cities and regions and contribute to the development of prosperity and opportunities for the community.

The development of Kalobeyei Settlement in Turkana County since 2016 was no small feat and a lot has changed since it’s inception. At the time, pressures from the oversaturated Kakuma Refugee Camp required a new, urgent solution to respond to the refugee crisis. Kalobeyei Settlement was created anew with support by local and national authorities. UN-Habitat's inclusive planning of Kalobeyei Settlement rest on the cruciality of youth participation and empowerment, and many of the youth from both the refugee and host communities share a passion and interest to serve their community.

This second photobook builds upon the foundations of our first photobook published in 2016. This document traces the progress of urbanization experienced from the perspective of a Turkana or Refugee youth in Kalobeyei Settlement. Just like the first time, the youth utilized their skills in ICT and photography and learned to contribute to the discussions using their skills and critical thinking.

The photobook was compiled during the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, which continues to aggravate vulnerabilities and strain resources for marginalised communities. Each theme addressed in this document provides a pathway to analyse the gains since Kalobeyei’s inception as well as shared recommendations to improve development in the Kalobeyei Settlement.