I recently attended a workshop to develop a document with a colleague. During the break, we discussed about the effectiveness of their resident association.

The colleague argued that the association’s engagement was bordering on over-reach since no construction ever took place without the body objecting to its impact on the building and zoning regulations, aesthetics and environmental standards. This view may not be appreciative of the historical context within which the resident associations have emerged.

In the early 2000s, as I engaged in environmental advocacy, one of the critical issues was the performance of Nairobi City Council in service delivery.

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