Nairobi is the political and commercial capital of Kenya, contributing an estimated 60% towards the country’s GDP. However, its aging infrastructure and   growing population worsen public transportation, energy costs, and quality of life. Aging infrastructure has also led to flash floods which result in fatalities, destruction of property, and outbreaks of waterborne diseases.

With over 80 diplomatic missions, historic ties to major Western economic and security interests, and a growing influx of refugees from nearby war-torn countries such as Somalia and South Sudan, Nairobi also faces the growing challenge of terrorism. In 2013, Nairobi experienced a terrorist attack resulting in 67 fatalities and 175 injuries. The attack led to economic loss in employment and investment, and resulted in increased tensions between the country’s religious communities and reduction in tourism. The attacks highlighted a need for greater communication and coordination among first responders and security organizations.

SHOCKS AND STRESSES
  • Disease Outbreak
  • Environmental Degradation
  • Infrastructure Failure
  • Lack of Affordable Housing
  • Rainfall Flooding
  • Terrorist Attack
  • Unemployment

Snapshot of Nairobi

  • 3,100,000

    POPULATION AS OF 2009

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