Phase two of the Kenya Informal Settlements Improvement Project (KISIP) is set to begin in July of this year. The initiative is a continuation of the program that was launched in 2011 under a partnership between the Kenyan government, the World bank, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Agence Française de Dévelopement (AFD).

Phase one of the project saw a total of 1.069 million citizens benefitting from infrastructural innvestments and tenure regularization. The objective of the Informal Settlements Improvement Project is to improve living conditions in informal settlements in selected municipalities in Kenya.

The project has received a funding of KSh. 16.5 billion to be deployed across several counties in the country. The beneficiary counties of the second phase of the project will include Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, Machakos, Nyeri, Garisa, Embu, Kiambu and others.

According to the State Department of Housing and Urban Development, the project will run from 2019 to 2024, working closely with the President’s Big Four Agenda especially in the area of social housing and infrastructure.

The second phase of the project has secured funding from the International Develoment Agency (KSh. 15 billion) and government input of KSh. 1.5 billion.

The project is also expected to boost the slum upgrading program initiated by the government in 2003 through interventions like land tenure regularization in unplanned and poor neighbourhoods based on the National Land Policy.

So far, 86 informal settlements in 13 counties have undergone land tenure regularization under the first phase of KISIP.

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