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Building Forward Better: Inclusive Livelihood Support in Nairobi’s Informal Settlements

Kimani, Joseph, Steege, Rosie, Makau, Jack, Nyambuga, Kilion, Wairutu, Jane and Tolhurst, Rachel ORCID: (2021) 'Building Forward Better: Inclusive Livelihood Support in Nairobi’s Informal Settlements'. IDS Bulletin, Vol 52, Issue 1.

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For the large population living in Nairobi’s informal settlements, the long-term effects of Covid-19 pose a threat to livelihoods, health, and wellbeing. For those working in the informal sector, who are the lifeblood of the city, livelihoods have been severely supressed by Covid-19 restrictions such as curfews, pushing many into further poverty. This article draws on community data, meetings, and authors’ observations as community organisers, to explore the challenges posed by existing government responses from a community development perspective. We found that poor accountability structures and targeted income support only for the ‘most vulnerable’ exacerbates tensions, mistrust, and insecurity among already vulnerable communities. We draw on a rapid desk review of existing literature to argue that community-led enumeration to validate entitlement claims, improved accountability for distribution, and widening income support is required to build solidarity and improve the future resilience of these communities.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health > WA 30 Socioeconomic factors in public health (General)
WC Communicable Diseases > Virus Diseases > Viral Respiratory Tract Infections. Respirovirus Infections > WC 506 COVID-19
WS Pediatrics > By Age Groups > WS 460 Adolescence (General)
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > International Public Health Department
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Depositing User: Amy Carroll
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2023 10:42
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2023 10:42


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