Case Study – Making Cities Together

The Kenya-based organisation Making Cities Together has run placemaking schemes for courtyards, a street and a park in Nairobi. The first project focused on streets in Korogocho and partnered with Hoperaisers to reclaim streets and public spaces in Nairobi. With the focus on young people in Korogocho, the project sought to reclaim public space for community empowerment and social engagement. The second strategy, Responsive City, revitalised the Jeevanjee Gardens in Nairobi (originally left as a gift to the people of Nairobi). Finally, the Must Seed project focused on the unsafe & unhealthy area of Dandora which is the biggest dump site of Africa.


The project is led by the organisation Mustard Seeds CBO and encourages young people in Dandora to compete in teams to come up with the best idea to update the unsanitary courtyards of Dandora. The winning team receives KSh. 100,000 (around $1,000). According to Charles Gachanga, the CEO of Mustard Seeds: “If you change Dandora you change Nairobi. If you change Nairobi, you change Kenya.”

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Sustainable Development Goals – 3.6, 5.5, 9.1, 11.2.1 & 11.3.2

Transport issues addressed – City planning, public transport, road safety.

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