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Klopp, J, Ngau P, Sclar E.  2011.  University/City Partnerships: Creating Policy Networks for Urban Transformation in Nairobi. Abstract

Kenya's capital city, Nairobi, like many rapidly growing cities in the global South is confronting massive inter-related problems of slum expansion, violence, ethnic segregation, poor service delivery, public health hazards and environmental degradation. These problems, in turn, are deep reflections of a long history of inequitable power relations at both local and global levels, repression, democratic institutional failure and skewed, exclusive urban policy and planning processes. How can a foreign university like Columbia University play a constructive role in this exceptionally challenging context? We argue that part of the answer involves fostering a research and teaching agenda that directly addresses the complexity inherent in the problems of simultaneous urbanization and democratization in places like Nairobi. However, this is not enough. All too often research by external universities fails to circulate or have any impact on urgently needed policy change. We argue that a key role for Columbia University is not just providing research, technical advice or “technology transfer,” rather it is also most critically about nurturing a sustained authentic partnership with local universities to enhance their role in urban transformation. By an authentic partnership we mean a collaboration that produces relationships of trust, honesty, transparency, respect and equity and results in the genuine co-production or facilitation of knowledge for positive local change.1 Fowler succinctly characterizes “authentic partners” versus relations involving “clients” or “counterparts” as involving“equality in ways of working and mutuality in respect for identity, position and role.”2 This paper explores the dynamics and importance of one such a partnership in the field of urban planning. This partnership, which started in April 2005, involves the Centre for Sustainable Urban Development (CSUD)3 at Columbia University and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP) at the University of Nairobi.






Ngau, PM; Mwangi, I.  2001.  Nyandarua District Regional Development Plan, 2001.


NGAU, PROFPETERM.  2000.  Regional Development Plan for Hardap Region,. Namibia, UNCRD Textbook Series No. 7, Nairobi, April 2000 (Edited by Prof. Ayele, Tirfie), Project leader and Contributor;. : Taylor & Francis
NGAU, PROFPETERM.  2000.  Introduction.. A Training Manual,. : Taylor & Francis


NGAU, PROFPETERM.  1999.  Regional Development Profile of Ewaso Ng. UNCRD Research Report Series No. 28, (Editor and Contributor);v. : Taylor & Francis



NGAU, PROFPETERM.  1997.  "Rural/Urban Linkages in Kenya and Zimbabwe: A Comparative Perspective.". Regional Development Studies, (with Gary Gaile);. : Taylor & Francis


NGAU, PROFPETERM.  1996.  "Women. Edited by Paul Pedersen and Dorothy McCormick,. : Taylor & Francis




NGAU, PROFPETERM.  1992.  Transportation and Characteristics of Urban Travel in Nairobi: A View Through the Gravity Model,". Forthcoming in African Urban Quarterly, Nairobi;. : Taylor & Francis


NGAU, PROFPETERM.  1991.  Rural-Urban Relations, Household Income Diversification and Agricultural Productivity,". Development and Change, Vol. 22, pp. 519-545. (With Hugh Evans);. : Taylor & Francis


Ngau, PM.  1989.  Rural-Urban Relations and Agrarian Development in Kutus Area, Kenya . Abstract

A considerable flow of resources takes place at the household level from urban to rural and from non-agrictl~tural to agricultural activities by way of urban-rural remittances, nonfarm income, and return migration~ The potential of this flow of resources in spurring rural economic development has ~~ . been accordel~~-ittle significance in development theory and planning. This dissertation uses data from Kutus area, Kenya to show how rural-urban exchange relations drive rural development. First, it investigates the relationship between farm income, xi the propensity to earn income from sources other than the farm, and agricultural production and productivity. Next, it examines where rural households earn their incomes, where they spend and invest it, and the consequences for economic development in the Kutus area. The analysis demonstrates that the use of nonfarm income enables rural households in Kutus area to raise agricultural output, productivity, and farm income. The study also reveals that rural household economic behavior is highly oriented towards spending and re-investing in the local area spurring the grewth of nonfarm acti vi ties in Kutus town and lower market centers. Growth of smallholder production and rural economy has been the main engine of Kenya's sustained economic growth. There is still considerable scope for further development of agriculture. The study emphasizes establishment of rural development policies that encompass both agriculture and non farm activities, rural as well as urban areas, and the need to re-orient institutional infrastructure for rural ,. development to make it more responsive to smallholder production.





NGAU, PROFPETERM.  1981.  Fieldwork and Data Analysis (ed., with A.G. Ferguson),. Nairobi: Macmillan Press,. : Taylor & Francis

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