i-CMiiST has brought together local organisations and UK counterparts working on transport issues to explore the usefulness of creative methods to respond to local transport challenges and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These have included over 40 stakeholders from different sectors across East Africa including: creative individuals and organisations, transport planners and providers, local council and municipal government (e.g. urban planning), Government ministries, NGOs and civil society organisations, and academia.
April 2017 Nairobi CMiiST Workshop, Nairobi
A 5 day innovative training and networking event was held jointly in Nairobi together with the Share the Road initiative of UN Environment. The event, funded through AHRC’s GCRF Networking grant, explored creative methods that promote greater inclusion and participation in decision-making to bring about more inclusive urban transport. Some of the methods discussed included placemaking, storytelling, photo-journalism, virtual reality, sonification and art. These are different approaches for engaging different stakeholders. Other innovations for improving transport in African cities included the use of urban cable cars to reduce congestion and how there was a need for clear messaging to bring about changes in attitudes and behaviour.
The event included a field trip into Nairobi to explore in situ some of the creative methods as well as to visit a few of the organisations using creative methods to engage people in inclusive transport solutions. The workshop participants were privileged to meet with local artist Dennis Muraguri to learn about what inspires him to paint pictures of matatus and also enjoyed the company of Joy MBoya founder and director of GoDown Arts centre based in Nairobi.
December 2017 i-CMiiST Planning Workshops Nairobi (Kenya) / Kampala (Uganda)
Working specifically with the creative individuals these workshops were intended to stimulate discussion around the use of creative methods in specific locations identified in each city. The participants discussed where there were particular transport issues that needed to be addressed and produced a list of criteria that could be evaluated during an intervention.
January 2017 i-CMiiST Workshop, SEI-Africa Nairobi
A three day project workshop was held in Nairobi providing the first i-CMiiST interaction between the Ugandan and Kenyan participants – and the first opportunity for the different stakeholders to interact and help define the project’s research direction. This was important to ensure the relevance of our work to local partners – and ultimately to local city residents.
The key aim was to identify suitable locations to apply the project’s creative co-design and engagement methods i.e where the interventions will take place. This required negotiation and consensus building between the urban and road planning officers in each city (Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and Nairobi Metropolitan Transport Authority (NAMATA)); our creative methods practitioner; and other key stakeholders. This was ensured buy-in from all parties – potentially meaning our co-design schemes could get traction and support for implementation by the relevant authorities.
Two ‘intervention sites’ were chosen in both cities with each having a corresponding ‘control site’ in order to compare the impacts of using creative methods for planning with those having similar conditions to our intervention locations but consultation processes will be those more typically undertaken by the relevant authorities.
Further details on the progress of the project will be posted on the website.