Kenya’s Minister for Housing is enormous pressure in dealing with the ubiquitous housing unrest in his country. Kibera is the largest slum in Africa and home to over 800,000 residents, but only two square kilometers long, about half the size of Central Park in Manhattan. Most of the houses are one-story structures and the density is 3,000 persons per hectare (compared to 43 in London, 100 in New York City, and 143 in Tokyo), making this one of the most densely populated areas in the world …. Read more »

Kenya’s Minister for Housing is enormous pressure in dealing with the ubiquitous housing unrest in his country. Kibera is the largest slum in Africa and home to over 800,000 residents, but only two square kilometers long, about half the size of Central Park in Manhattan. Most of the houses are one-story structures and the density is 3,000 persons per hectare (compared to 43 in London, 100 in New York City, and 143 in Tokyo), making this one of the most densely populated areas in the world. The slums, the living conditions are abysmal by Western standards, and gets little to no support from the local government because of the entrenched bureaucracy that has seemingly misaligned interests in the slum.
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from
Arthur I sail,
Nicolas P. Retsinas,
Marc Diaz,
John Shepherd
Source: Harvard Business School
20 pages.
Release Date: 4 January 2007. Prod #: 207017-PDF-ENG
Kibera and the Kenya Slum Upgrading Project (A) HBR case solution