Nairobi People’s Settlement Network (NPSN)
The Nairobi People’s Settlement Network (NPSN), is a coalition of community groups from various people’s settlements, within Nairobi. The Network was established on the 10th of December, 2005 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Korogocho, during the World Human Rights day celebrations.
NPSN’s main aim is to bring together community groups, engaged in various activities, to improve use of available resources and encourage a bottom-up approach by involving communities in prioritizing their own needs.
The network is guided by the following objectives:
- Bring together community groups from the people’s settlements in and around Nairobi for the purpose of networking on issues affecting them
- Identify partners working within people’s settlements in order to develop a holistic approach to the existing problems
- Create a forum for lobbying and advocating on matters affecting people in the settlements
- Facilitate people’s participation in identification, planning, implementation and evaluation of projects in the settlements
NPSN is a human rights network, concerned with disseminating information—from government policies to international human rights treaties—in order to “give people the tools of knowledge to agitate for their rights” throughout Nairobi, Kenya’s eight municipal districts.
Throughout the network, groups hold activities and do advocacy work in order to improve the conditions in the settlements. NPSN has been involved in many successful campaigns and activities. They include the following: