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2012 Resource Award Winner

Engaging the community in Kenya

The Association “Kounkuey Design Initiative” (KDI) partnered with residents of impoverished areas to create low cost, high-impact built environments called Productive Public Spaces (PPS). KDI implemented three “productive public spaces” including river bolstering, environmental remediation, water supply, sanitation facilities, community buildings and micro-businesses in partnership with residents of the Kibera slums in Nairobi. The economic and social benefits of the reclaimed river and public spaces engendered a new spirit of environmental stewardship.

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Kounkuey Design Initiative


Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) is a non-profit design and community development organisation, that partners with underserved communities in the US, Africa, and Latin America to physically transform communities and in the process, improve environmental, economic, and social quality of life.


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