Kenyan cities, like many others in developing countries, do not have sound and sustainable waste management systems in place, leading to open disposal without processing or treatment.  The methane produced from open dumpsites is a major source of greenhouse gases leading to mass biodegradation from the pollution of soil, air and water resources around the area. One such major dumpsite is in Oloolua in Ngong Town.

The proposed project, KISWAM, will close the current open dumpsite and provide a sustainable solution to the current improper solid waste management leading to resources’ recovery (energy, compost) and recycling.

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The closure of the current dumpsite in Ngong will highly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality in the town, increasing the life’s quality of its inhabitants. Moreover, living standards of the current waste pickers will be enhanced, given their inclusion in the formal economy.

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Men and women currently working at the dumpsite will have the opportunity to be included in the new waste management system of Ngong.

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Youth, children and older persons, especially those in situations of particular risk of marginalization, such as girl child and female-headed households, are often excluded from access to housing, urban basic services, public spaces and infrastructure, and the overall benefits of urbanization. Young women and men have been a key focus of UN-Habitat’s work. The agency has successfully advocated for the role of youth as leaders in sustainable urban development, recognizing the guiding principle of the SDGs of “leaving no one behind,” and the New Urban Agenda vision of cities for all. 

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Sustainable urban development can only be achieved if persons with disabilities are included meaningfully in decision-making and are able to access their rights. UN-Habitat partners with representative groups and individual rights holders, as well as national and local governments, relevant UN bodies and civil society to maximize impact and to meaningfully ensure that the rights including accessibility and universal design of persons with disabilities are promoted, respected and protected. 

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Donors and partners

Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) is the donor of the project. AICS is involved in the implementation process and participates at the organized workshop. It is a member of the Steering Committee overseeing the implementation of the project.

Our Experts

Vincent Kitio
UN Urban Basic Services Branch
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