Sister Neighbourhood Programme

UN-Habitat’s Sister Neighborhoods program is an initiative aimed at fostering youth empowerment and capacity building in impoverished communities worldwide. The program seeks to achieve these objectives through knowledge exchange programs which promote job training and arts and culture. By doing so, it advances the programme goals but also supports the overarching objectives of the World Urban Pavilion. The latter initiative seeks to improve urban environments globally by promoting capacity building in governance and decision-making processes in communities. 


About Sister Neighbourhoods

Youth participating in neighbourhood planning © Credits UN-Habitat

Meet Sister Neighbourhoods!

Established during the Year of Creative Economy, two neighborhoods became sisters – the Mathare informal settlements and the Regent Park community. Mathare slums, located in the outskirts of the Nairobi city, is home to more than 200,000 people in which children and youth aged 25 years and below constitute 41% of the total population. With the high population density of the area, inadequate basic amenities, unemployment and lack of access to quality education are some of the challenges faced by the Mathare community with youth being the most vulnerable.

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