In Kenya non-motorized transport is the most widely used mode of transport. In Nairobi, about 60% people walk for their daily trips. Despite being the dominant mode of transport in Kenya, NMT is least considered in transport planning and investments. The majority of road infrastructure investments in Kenya are channeled towards building roads to facilitate efficient movement of vehicles as opposed to movement of the majority of road users who in this case are pedestrians
Most investors shy off from investing into the mobility space because they believe it’s not profitable or per herpes there are no ‘good’ avenues of generating money. You will be shocked to read this, Kenya’s Mass transport sector is worth Ksh 200 Billion (US$2B)! That sounds ideal for investment right? Each and every day we wake up to news that so and so has launched an app, but how many innovators are getting into the
What is Nairobi’s main mobility challenge? Well, we may not be able to agree on this but we can all agree that it’s a mess! In most African countries, car ownership is considered an up-grade from mid poverty levels to a higher class. In Nairobi, they call it ‘Driving class.’ The desire to achieve this status has seen Nairobi become a mess with thousands of car owners driving themselves to work everyday. In most cases,
Who is the number one global champion of Sustainable Urban Mobility? Well you may have your opinion but one thing is very clear, GIZ is literally on the wheel of the sustainable urban mobility agenda. Find out why. In Kenya’s capital city Nairobi, innovative ideas addressing real life challenges in urban mobility didn’t have a space! GIZ through the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) luckily came through and intervened. Good news right? Setting up of
Let’s begin by flashing back to May 2018 when C4DLab was presented an award to implement the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) Startup Accelerator. Being one of the flagship projects of the TUMI Global Urban Mobility challenge of 2018, the acceleration programme was meant to facilitate sustainable urban mobility innovations by offering mobility startups and innovators technical and financial support towards solving urban mobility challenges in African cities. So has this been achieved? Let’s find
GIZ, Make IT in Africa and C4DLab brought together the Kenyan Startup Ecosystem players at the Nairobi Innovation Week to convene Kenya’s 1st ever Startup Ecosystem Forum. The forum held on 11th June saw different ecosystem players including startups, enablers, academia, government and investors come together in a joint bid to support the growing ecosystem. It goes without saying that digital entrepreneurship is the driver of digital change in Africa. The African Startup Ecosystem in
Most mobility industry players will tell you that mobility is not a solo agenda. In any case this is the one sector that requires a quadruple helix kind of partnership with the private sector being a key industry player. This creates shared value that benefits all participants in what becomes a movement towards achieving smart cities. So in the context of Nairobi City what’s the role of the private sector in achieving sustainable urban mobility?
“The quality of life people live in a city is dependent on the kind of mobility that is in place in that city.” Says Nairobi Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (NAMATA) boss Eng. Francis Gitau. This makes all of us think about Nairobi City and congestion right? How can we make Nairobi a moving city? How can we decongest Nairobi? Here is a look at insights gathered from the just concluded Mobility Summit – Nairobi. Starting
Mobility experts and enthusiasts including policy makers, government, academia, innovators and development agencies join hands to make Nairobi a smart city! Uber, C4DLab and UNHABITAT put together mobility enthusiast in a day long summit that provided insights on an enabling environment to fuel the growth of smart cities with a focus on Nairobi. The Mobility Summit – Nairobi also saw Uber launch SPEEDS, a free data set within Uber Movement. Represented were Shell Foundation, University
The ongoing ‘Making Innovators’ Kids edition seminar at C4DLab broke the internet after attracting massive attention from ‘netizens’ and innovation commentators. Kenyans on Twitter went ablaze to congratulate C4DLab  and endorse the programme to the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education Prof. George Magoha. Other parents are just ‘impatient’ and can’t wait for the next edition of the programme. Well, we are setting the pace in the country by introducing  the 21st century skills like Critical Thinking, Problem