A description is presented of how the process of regulatory reform for the upgrading of informal settlements within the town of Mavoko in Kenya is proceeding as part of the research project on regulatory guidelines for urban upgrading. Details are given of why the town of Mavoko was chosen for the project and the livelihoods surveys and workshops already undertaken with the residents of the informal settlements and other key stakeholders of the town. From the surveys and workshops priority for change of the current regulatory framework was identified for the areas of plot sizes, water and sanitation, land allocation and information and communications. Further studies have looked at the current regulatory frameworks and processes covering these areas, identified their shortcomings in facilitating pro-poor upgrading processes and made proposals for changes. Some possible constraints to the wider adoption within Mavoko and throughout Kenya of the proposed changes in regulation are considered as well as possible ways to address these constraints.
Paper presented at the Third RGUU International Workshop held 22-24 September 2003, UK, 25 pp.