Litigation, Land & Housing

English Version

NSUPP Popular Versions

The process of National Slum Upgrading and Prevention Policy formulation has been participatory and all-inclusive through Multi-Stakeholders’ Steering Committee, thematic working groups, Regional Consultative Workshops, the field visits in selected counties and urban areas and a National Consultative Workshop. This Policy comes at a critical time when the devolved governments are expected to assume greater responsibilities in investment, development and consequently provide for increased urban populations.

Soweto East Zone ‘A’ Informal Settlement Upgrading Program in context

This paper therefore seeks to explore the Soweto East Zone ‘A’ informal settlements upgrading program. Of particular interest is whether the tenets that guide good governance as missioned in the inaugural Kenya Slum Upgrading Program (KENSUP) document was mirrored in the allocation of the developed housing units. It will further interrogate whether the variables that were used to determine the legitimate primary actors took into account the concept of housing as a right or as a process bided to the highest person in the context of savings in the informal settlements. These questions should the lead to a more robust discussion on public housing allocation framework.


Community Land Act – Popular Version

Background Information. In the context of land reform, recognition of community land was a radical step towards reversing the ills meted against individuals and communities rendering them vulnerable to marginalization and
exploitation. The treatment of community land as native reserves or trust lands during the post – colonial period exposed communities to marginalization by limiting their ability to make decisions on how “their” land was disposed of or used.

Eviction Monitoring Tool

A step has been taken in drafting the Eviction and Resettlement Bill 2013 but it has not yet been legislated to date. Affected communities, their representative organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) alike use

a variety of strategies in complementary ways to try to prevent or halt forced evictions.

In that regard, this tool will assist communities come up with proper documentation of past or planned evictions to hold those that conduct inhumane evictions accountable.

Women and Land Rights Report

While women’s rights to land and property are protected under the Constitution of Kenya (2010) and various national legislations, in practice, women remain disadvantaged. The main restriction is customary law and practices, which prohibit women from owning or inheriting land and other forms of property. These customary laws and practices are enhanced by stereotypical practices and socialization of women in believing they are not meant to own
or inherit land or any other property. Customary practices in Kenya generally grant women secondary rights to land, namely through their relationships to a male relative, and women are rarely able to inherit land in their own right.


Budget on Housing Booklet

Adequate housing includes more than just having four walls and a roof. It is essential for ensuring a life of dignity, security and privacy. A house is a focal point where personal and social relationships are fostered. It is for this reason, among others, that adequate housing is one of the internationally recognized human rights.


Slum Upgrading Booklet

The main goal of this book is to disseminate the useful lessons learned from urban development and slum upgrading projects undertaken by the Kenyan government. These lessons underpin the recommendations for the design of public policies on the subject. It is hoped that they will also contribute to improving the efficiency of specific slum upgrading programmes. Urban neighborhoods in Kenya are plagued by inadequate housing and land titling irregularities: tenements, irregular land divisions, or even residential blocks that, although built by the government, are often in a deteriorated state. Whilst slum upgrading is often seen as one of the more effective ways of tackling urban poverty, the approaches taken by slum upgrading policies vary considerably, as do their degrees of success.

Eviction brochure




Swahili Version

Eviction Monitoring Tool – Kiswahili 

Sheria za kumiliku ardhi booklet


Petition of 2013 Judgement NLC

Petition on Land Bills Submited to Parliamentary Committee on 27th March 12

HakiJamii – Ex Air Force Case