PROCOL Kenya aims to improve understandings of the sustainable development for African cities. Urbanisation is a major trend in Africa and the continent’s urban population is projected to double by 2050. With the right policies, Africa’s cities can be vibrant, inclusive and liveable economic hubs, however without adequate planning they can equally be characterised by a high-degree of informal settlement, extreme poverty and crime. Given that many decisions regarding urban infrastructure are one-off investments with repercussions lasting even centuries into the future, it is crucial to develop a rigorous understanding of what constitutes sustainable, inclusive urban prosperity to inform policy.

Informed by our approach in London, we will be seeking to use qualitative methods of citizen science to develop a sustainable prosperity index for Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. Developing this framework for two of Africa’s most prominent cities will help us better understand what constitutes sustainable prosperity for Africa’s growing urban population.

The project is connected to the Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality project. Follow this link to find out more.