I convened and moderated this side event at the Africa Climate Summit. For the panel discussion, I convened an important cross-section of parties involved in informal settlement upgrading in Nairobi, a city that is pioneering groundbreaking practices for integrated, inclusive and pro-poor planning. We discussed whether upgrading is climate adaptation and what the opportunities, challenges and risks are when translating key strategies used in the Mukuru Special Planning Area to other settlements in Nairobi and cities across Africa. 

The dialogue brought together grassroots activists, students, practitioners and academics to interrogate how Africa features in global theory on and policy practices of climate change and related phenomena, including the Anthropocene and “green transitions.”