World Bank gives loans to Kajiado informal settlements

A toilet near a stream in Mathare,Ngong Ward, the slum will benefit from World Bank slum upgrading loan. Photo Obegi Malack

By Obegi Malack

Kajiado County will be among counties that will benefit from Sh16.2 billion International Development Association Credit from the World Bank for urban informal settlements in the country.

The loan which is the second phase of the Kenya Informal Settlements Improvement Project (KISIP2) will improve the living conditions of informal settlements and its residents through; titling to enhance tenure security; infrastructure upgrading for basic services and livelihoods support and community engagement to assess and address risks, including the impacts of Covid-19. The project is targeting 1.7 million residents living in informal settlements.

The Kajiado County assembly had already allowed the county government to do a head count in informal settlements such as Mathare in Kajiado North Sub-county to identify the exact number of residents in the slum.

Ngong Ward MCA Robert Sungura and other leaders had held a meeting with the Mathare locals promising that the government is doing all it can to improve living standards of the slum dwellers.

Kajiado County Government Liaison officer Paul Supet said the loan will benefit informal settlements across the county. The project will be implemented through institutional arrangements at the national level and county level.

Other informal settlements that are also expected to benefit are; Kajiado North sub county – Mathare, ole kasasi  and Kware. Kajiado East- Noonkopir , Kajiado Central- Enkisero,Oleserian and Ngarataik,Northern Beer Point and Majengo , Kajiado South Emali ,Kimana and South Soweto.

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