The Miji Bora project aims at 1) understanding challenges facing Mombasa city and how they can be addressed, and 2) facilitating learning exchange among policy makers, urban researchers and other stakeholders through peer to peer exchange between the city of Mombasa and eThekwini municipality in Durban to facilitate knowledge transfer.
The Miji Bora project is currently conducting a situational analysis of the main issues identified for the city of Mombasa. Among the focus of the project is waste management. Through this focus, the project has contributed to the Mombasa County Solid Waste Bill which was recently passed by the county assembly. Through its situational assessment component, the project has started mapping out all dumping sites and collection points including legal and illegal points with corresponding characteristics to understand solid waste management challenges in the city and aid the county in waste management. In undertaking its activities, the Miji Bora project has adopted the geospatial technology to create updated landuse/landcover for the county, and model future scenarios.
Among the target areas will be flooding which remains one of the main challenges noted within the Mombasa county that is associated with poor urban planning and management, as well as poor storm water and solid waste management. Through the learning exchange activity, the project will facilitate and benefit from approaches implemented in Durban e.g. develop a framework for Community Ecosystem Based Adaptation (CEBA) and their adoption for Mombasa. More broadly, results from the project will then be shared with the county government to aid in planning.