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Conventional tools for city planning, administration and land management are not designed to address complex questions involving land rights, tenure security and other issues in the fast-growing informal settlements of Africa's large cities. To fill this gap, Pamoja Trust, a Kenyan non-profit organization that seeks to promote access to land, shelter and basic services for the urban poor, has introduced more effective planning tools and approaches that are already yielding results in Mombasa and Nairobi, Kenya.
Pamoja Trust has been using STDM to better understand land tenure relationships and claims in Kenya. With support from the Cities Alliance Innovation Programme, it has advocated for the scale-up and institutionalization of the innovative Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM), a pro-poor land information management system as part of a project to help residents in the informal settlements of Mashimoni and Mathare 4B in Nairobi County, and Kwa Bulo in Mombasa County plan for a more secure future.
This 2-page report highlights the key lessons learned and achievements during the project "Upscaling the Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM) to promote Integrated and Sustainable Urban Land Use".