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Akiba Mashinani Trust

Nairobi, Kenya
Joined April 2021

AMT works for slums to be improved and integrated into the city fabric. We work to influence changes in practice and policy – especially national policy for urban development.

Presence in: Kenya
Focus: Housing & Sanitation

AMT provides financial and non-financial services to support the many housing, livelihood and other initiatives undertaken by Muungano groups in informal settlements. Through community-led processes, AMT provides access to finance, and technical assistance – including training in financial management, housing development and business management.

One of the main goals of Muungano and AMT is to support collective decision-making and action by the urban poor. Unlike formal banking and microfinance institutions, AMT positions its financial services within a broader effort to improve the physical and social fabric of urban informal settlements.

We also work for slums to be improved and integrated into the city fabric. We work to influence changes in practice and policy – especially national policy for urban development.

We negotiate, design, and deliver real improvements to people’s lives. And we work with partners in academia, government, and civil society. We know that our unity is our strength.

People Associated With This Organization

Jane Weru

Kenya  
Akiba Mashinani Trust
Joined November 2017
Interests: Housing & Sanitation
Jane Weru is a lawyer by profession and holds a Master’s Degree in NGO Management from the London School of Economics. From 1993 to 2001, she worked with Kituo Cha Sheria, a legal aid and human rights organization in Nairobi, first as head of legal services and then as Executive Director. Most of her work focused on public interest litigation on behalf of poor communities threatened with forceful evictions and violent demolitions. In 2001, she helped found Pamoja Trust, a nonprofit organization that mobilized and supported grassroots movements of the urban poor by providing technical, legal and financial support. From 2006 to 2010, Jane served as a Board Member of the Slum/Shack Dwellers International (SDI), an international organization of slum dwellers federations with affiliates in 37 countries of the global south. In 2010, Jane served as Team Leader for the Kenya Railway Relocation Action Plan for the Ministry of Transport supported by the World Bank for the resettlement of 10,000 households sitting on the railway reserve in Kibera and Mukuru. She is currently the Executive Director and founder member of Akiba Mashinani Trust (AMT), a non-profit organization working on developing innovative community led solutions to housing and land tenure problems for the urban poor in Kenya. Jane has since August 2018 been the Project leader of the Mukuru Special Planning Area, a project of the Nairobi County Government, aimed at developing an integrated development plan to improve the lives of the 100,000 households that presently occupy over 600 acres of land within the city. Jane is an Ashoka Fellow and also served as a member of the National Task Force for the preparation of the Community Land Bill and the Evictions and Resettlement Bill.

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