KISIP partners with development groups to protect 550,000 urban residents from periodic flooding

The Kenya Municipal Program (KMP) and the Kenya Informal Settlements Improvement Project (KISIP) have collectively constructed 60kms of drainage, protecting about more than 550,000 urban residents in 15 urban areas in the country from periodic flooding,

The programmes have been funded by the International Development Association (IDA), an organization that supports anti-poverty programs in the poorest developing countries with long-term, no interest loans, as well as development partners SIDA and AFD.

The projects finance investments in storm water drainage, non-motorized transport, streetlights and floodlights, access roads, non-motorized transport facilities (footpaths and bicycle lanes), water and sanitation.

Since its start in 2010, more than 1.7 million people have benefitted from KMP infrastructure investments, including the financing of about 43 km of access roads, and 68,000 urban residents now have access to all-season roads within a 500-meter range, a new IDA report released just hours ago has confirmed.

Under KSIP, more than 530,000 have benefitted from improved infrastructure since 2011, including about 30 km of rehabilitated settlement roads with 30 km of footpaths also completed.

The IDA report states that in Jomvu Kuu and Ziwa la Ng’ombe, informal settlements in Mombasa, improved roads and footpaths, have eased the transportation of goods such as clay pots crafted by women. The new road infrastructure has facilitated economic activities within the community as more goods are readily available in the settlement. Previously, small-scale traders had to travel further in search of goods to retail.

Between KMP and KISIP, about 714 streetlights and floodlights have been installed across the 15 urban areas. To further stimulate urban economic activities, three markets – a traders’ market in Eldoret and two livestock markets in Garissa and Machakos – have been completed under KMP.

“In Eldoret, Nakuru and Mombasa, the provision of non-motorized transport (NMT) facilities has also contributed to resident safety by reducing the conflict between pedestrians and motorized transport. Prior to the completion of the facilities constructed by KMP, pedestrians were forced to walk on the road in certain parts of Eldoret town,” said the report.

An estimated 38km of NMT has been provided in the town. In total, about 150 km of NMT has been constructed by KMP.

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