Nairobi

Nairobi’s Resilience Journey

Nairobi is the political and commercial capital of Kenya, contributing an estimated 60% toward the country’s GDP. However, its aging infrastructure and growing population are impacting public transportation, energy costs, and quality of life. Degraded infrastructure has also led to flash floods, which result in fatalities, destruction of property, and outbreaks of waterborne diseases.

Nairobi is characterized by high levels of informality in housing and the economy – a source of vulnerability as well as innovation and vitality on the city’s path to becoming more resilient. Half of Nairobi’s citizens live in informal settlements, and have inadequate access to clean drinking water, public health services, and transportation.

With over 80 diplomatic missions, historic ties to major Western economic and security interests, and a growing influx of refugees from nearby countries, Nairobi has also experienced acts of terrorism in recent years, which have impacted tourism and economic development in the city. 

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