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2017-09-19

Why proposed CBD Matatu Ban will not work, by Jacqueline Klopp

On September 18, 2017, the Nairobi News posted a communication by Jacqueline Klopp, Associate Research Scholar at Columbia University about the traffic congestion in Nairobi.

The Center for Sustainable Urban Development (CSUD) and the Kenyan Alliance of Resident Associations co-founded the Digital Matatus Project which used GPS enabled cellphones to create and update high quality data on Nairobi's bus system, allowing for trip planning and public transit maps where none existed before.

http://www.digitalmatatus.com/about.html

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Jacqueline Klopp’s work focuses on the political processes around land and land-use, transportation, violence, displacement and planning in African cities. She is the author of articles for Africa Today, African Studies Review, African Studies, Canadian Journal of African Studies, Comparative Politics, Forced Migration Review, Urban Forum, World Policy Review among others. She helped start the blogs CairofromBelow and nairobiplanninginnovations.com to provide more grounded and open urban information to citizens. Klopp is also a founder and Board member of the Internal Displacement Policy and Advocacy Center (IDPAC) based in Nakuru, Kenya.

Recently, she has been experimenting with creative urban mapping projects for both analysis and advocacy and is a founding member of the DigitalMatatus consortium which has produced the first open transit data and public transit map for Nairobi’s quasi-formal “matatu” transit system which won the award at the Media Architecture Biennale 2014. The Digital Matattus project is also mentionned in the newly launched Global Street Design Guidelines.

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