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Waste, livelihoods and governance in Nairobi, Kenya: A case study in Kibera informal settlement
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology (INK).
2010 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper analyses the solid waste management (SWM) process in Nairobi, Kenya and studies the roles and actions of the actors involved in this process, putting emphasis on the role of informal actors and their relationship with the city authorities. Based on semistructured interviews and participant observation conducted on the field in Nairobi, Kenya, the results of this paper suggest that the role of informal waste collectors in the Kibera settlement is essential. In most parts of Kibera, the municipal SWM seems to be non-existent. Thus the collection and transport is often carried out by informal waste collector groups. Furthermore, the relationship between informal actors and authorities is highly complex and ambivalent. The local authorities claim to have acknowledged the important role of the informal actors; however the latter are more or less neglected by the NCC in the overall solid waste management sector.

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2010. , 46 p.
Keyword [en]
urban governance, solid waste management, Kibera
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Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-42467OAI: diva2:346501
Life Earth Science
Available from: 2010-09-14 Created: 2010-09-01 Last updated: 2010-09-14Bibliographically approved

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