FEATURE-Kenyan women step up fight for land destined for coal mine

By: Shadrack Kavilu and Justus Wanzala

Date: 17 January 2017

Source: Reuters 

When the Kenyan government announced five years ago that coal deposits had been found in the Mui Basin, a land of rolling hills and pristine forests east of Nairobi, local farmers hoped the discovery would help transform their livelihoods.

Kenyan slum activists build climate change resilience from the bottom up

By: Lou del Bello

Date: 12 January 2017

Source: IRIN

Living in the Kenyan slum of Mukuru is hard enough, but when it rains it’s downright miserable. Streets flood, sewage overflows, homes are inundated. 

After each bout of torrential rain, Nairobi’s largest informal settlement is left a little shabbier, a little poorer, the community more insecure.

Slum violence inspires Kenyans to tackle huge housing shortage

By: Katy Migiro

Date: 29 December 2016

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Recently married with a one-year-old child, Joan Moraa Mbogo dreams of escaping Kenya's noisy, dirty, crime-ridden capital and buying a home close to her mother's newly-built apartment overlooking the Lukenya Hills.

Hands off our playground: securing land rights for Kenyan schools

It was December and the school grounds were empty. Students and staff of Langata Road Primary School in Nairobi were home for the holidays, enjoying the break from lessons during the hot, sticky days.

At first no one noticed when builders moved onto the property with bricks and cement. Within two days they had built an impenetrable wall around the playground, cutting off the school buildings from the large grassy spot where students once played on the swings.

Patriarchal attitudes stymie Kenya's laws to give women land rights

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
By: Caroline Wambui

Tabitha Karimi could barely hide her delight at the thought of a bumper harvest as she took part in training on how to farm with crops specially adapted to the region, after many years of poor harvests in Tharaka in eastern Kenya.

Karimi, who usually produces just five or six bags of the beans, maize and vegetables she grows on the six-acre (2.4 hectare) farm she tends with her husband, said she had learned a lot from a session in which crops were tested for their suitability to the soil.

Meeting of the Ogiek community of Sasimwani to review their draft by-laws (Photo: Namati / Jaron Vogelsang)

IIED webinar: Using community by-laws to secure customary land rights in Kenya

16 Noviembre 2016


Reino Unido

Join us for a webinar on 16 November to discuss how communities can use by-laws to secure their land rights.

Indigenous and rural communities that use customary land tenure systems are among the least likely populations to have legal recognition of their rights to their lands and natural resources. 

On Wednesday 16 November 2016, IIED will host a webinar on strengthening the security of tenure of indigenous and rural communities, particularly focused on communities that employ customary tenure systems. 

Kenya: Gov’t raises alarm over public land grabbing

By: John Wanyama
Date: October 6th 2016
Source: The Citizen Digital

The Ministry of land has raised a red flag over the rising cases of land grabbing and misuse of private land in the country.