Co-DEC- POLICY SEMINAR (Nairobi, Kenya)

The seminar that was held on the 9th of November 2017 at the University of Nairobi, brought
together 27 participants from Mathare informal settlement, National Ministry of Energy,
Nairobi County Health departments and various research institutions to discuss the
connections between energy, health and housing policies in Kenya.
The Co-DEC team presented preliminary results of a household survey and participatory
mapping exercise in Mathare. The presentations offered an opportunity for the participants to
engaged in plenary and group activities to discuss:

  • Poor health outcomes of indoor air pollution
  • Poor uptake of renewable energy sources
  • Poor enforcement of environmental regulations
  • Opportunities for collaboration amongst stakeholders to tackle the energy-
    health-housing challenge in informal settlements

The main outcome of the seminar was the consensus that energy, health and housing
policies need to be addressed jointly. In this regard, the future goal of the Co-DEC project is
to facilitate knowledge networks that can co-design joint policy portfolios to address the
energy-health- housing challenges in urban areas in Kenya, Uganda and South Africa.
Similar policy seminars will be carried out in Uganda and South Africa in 2018.


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