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In Kisumu, Kenya's third largest city, half of the population lives below the poverty line. By strengthening the capacity of municipal workers, rehabilitating infrastructure in informal settlements and better waste management, the project should significantly improve the living conditions of its inhabitants.

Kenya’s urban population is growing rapidly at a rate of 4% per year, representing about 39% of the total population in 2012; it is expected to reach 54% by 2030. Therefore, it is important to control the city’s sustainable development. This includes ensuring access to basic services: water, electricity, garbage collection, transportation, and education and health services. Kisumu is the 3rd largest city in Kenya (with about 600,000 inhabitants). It faces problems of unemployment, high poverty rate (48% of its population below the poverty line), as well as lack of access to basic services.


Kisumu Urban Project (KUP) aims at improving the living conditions of its residents. The project has five components: Institutional building (development of a baseline urban development plan, increased sources of income, staff training), Solid waste management Infrastructure improvement in informal settlements, Rehabilitation of markets, Improvement of public infrastructure (schools, health centers, roads ...).


The expected impact includes: improvement of the environment (less air, water and groundwater pollution); disappearance of the rubbish dump currently present in the urban centre, following the construction of a dump; reduction of cholera and malaria in informal settlements; rehabilitation of Lake Victoria shoreline that will help preserve the urban landscape; rehabilitation of health centers, which will contribute to the improvement of public health; and  creation of jobs, because many projects induce labour-intensive work.

Project start date
21 years
Duration of funding
40 000 000
Financing amount
Kisumu County and City