Creative economy workshop under Sisters Neighbourhood Programme for youth from the slum Mathare, Nairobi. Credits: UN-Habitat

Meet the Sister Neighbourhoods Programme!

27 February 2023, Nairobi. – 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

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Young people participating in the recycling workshop in the slum of Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya, November 2022. Credits: UN-Habitat

Youth of Nairobi Informal Settlement Trains at Plastic Recycling

23 November, 2022, Nairobi, Kenya. – The Mathare One Stop Recycling programme is an initiative aimed at promoting sustainability and economic empowerment in the Mathare community. By providing the community with the necessary skills and knowledge in plastic recycling and environmental conservation, the program aims at helping create social enterprises and income generating activities that

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Fondation Botnar, a Swiss philanthropy organization, visits the informal settlement of Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya, October 2022. Credits: UN-Habitat

Fondation Botnar Visits Mathare: Showcasing Youth-Led Projects and Empowerment Efforts in an Informal Settlement

18 October, 2022, Nairobi, Kenya. – This sunny afternoon in the very heart of Nairobi, Fondation Botnar representatives visit Mathare, one of the biggest informal settlements in Kenya. Fondation Botnar is recognized for their mandate to improve the health and wellbeing of young people living in cities around the world. Organised by UN-Habitat, Mathare Roots

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Mural DA4C

Mural Creation Training of Young Mothers in Mlango Kubwa, Mathare

UPD: The Mural created by Young Mothers and Graffiti Girls has won a Special Award at the art competition by the Digital Art for Climate (DA4C). To see this and other climate artists’ artworks, please visit the Initiative’s website *          *          * October 2021, Nairobi, Kenya.

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Livelihoods Creation in Mathare Informal Settlement emPlastic Recycling Programme Design Thinking Workshop and Business Development

Livelihoods Creation in Mathare Informal Settlement: Plastic Recycling Programme Design Thinking Workshop and Business Development

Following the establishment of the Mathare Plastic Recycling programme in September 2020, UN-Habitat in partnership with the International Organization of Migration (IOM) and the International School of Kenya (ISK) organized a Design Thinking workshop  on 25th May, 2021 at the Nairobi One Stop Youth Centre that led to the training of 7 Mathare youths. The

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The Sports Climate Crises - A Need for Action

The Sports Climate Crises – A Need for Action

By Erik Berg Chairman, Habitat Norway. Retired diplomat and development worker Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Former President of Asker Football and Member of the Municipal Sports Council. Deputy Chair UN Habitat’s Advisory Group on Gender Issues 2018 — ; We are witnessing an accelerating multiple, man-made climate, food and environment crisis. COVID-19 is only a warning of

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One-Stop Plastic Recycling in Mathare

Reprinted from Plastik Rafiki Through a collaboration between Plastiki Rafiki, the International Office of Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Human Settlements (UN-Habitat) Youth and Livelihoods Unit, the “One Stop Mathare Environmental Conservation Youth Group (MECYG)” recently received Plastiki Rafiki injection and extrusion molding machines in order to process collected plastic waste into new products.

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Kenya: Young people mobilize to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Friday, 12 June 2020 | Nairobi | UN-Habitat | Doug Ragan | Youth groups in Mathare, one of Kenya’s largest slums, have banded together to protect their communities from the spread of COVID-19. The facilities they have put up have resulted in over 420,000 handwashes. The residents of Mathare, and the other one billion

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