Urban Subsistence, Urban-Rural Links and Social Mutations in the City. 13-14 Dec.

IFRA Nairobi-IRD Suburbu Workshop

December 13th-14th, 2018

IFRA, Laikipia Road, Kileleshwa, Nairobi



A. Thursday 13th December 2018, 14:00-17:30

An introductory word by Marie-Aude Fouéré (Director IFRA Nairobi)

The « Suburbu » Program in Burundi: a short presentation by Christine Deslaurier (Researcher at IRD, University of Burundi, team Suburbu)

          Session 1

Changing Cities: Participants, Stakeholders and Public Authorities

  • Philbert Nkurunziza (Historian, Contractor of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Burundi, team Suburbu)

« Community Works in Burundian Cities: Support for Development or Political Actors’ Strategies? »

  • René Manirakiza (Geographer, Associate Professor at the University of Burundi, team Suburbu)

« Urban Agriculture in Burundi: Between Subsistence and Income Seeking »

Coffee Break

  • Vincent Sima Olé (Master’s student in Political Science at SciencesPo Paris, IFRA’s intern)

« Bulldozers versus Informal Markets: Experiencing Nairobi Urban Modernity in a Context of Developmental City Planning in Ngara »


Friday 14th December 2018, 9:00-13:30

          Session 2

Jobs and Stakes of Urban and Transurban Mobility in Burundi and Kenya

  • Nicolas Hajayandi (Political scientist, Lecturer at the University of Burundi, team Suburbu)

« Bike- and Moto-Taxis as an Occupation and an Activity to “Get By” in Burundi »

  • Jackson KAGO (Geographer, PhD Student, University of Bordeaux Montaigne/Kenyatta University)

« Mobility Patterns and their Impact on Urban-Rural Linkages in Small and Intermediate Towns in Kenya – A Dual Transect Analysis »


Coffee Break

Session 3

Work in and work out: jobs from the house to the street

  • Egide Nikiza (Sociologist, journalist for the weekly newspaper Iwacu, team Suburbu)

« Urban domesticities in Burundi: reasons, networks and society »

  • Nathan Kariuki (Geographer, PhD Student, University of Bordeaux Montaigne-University of Nairobi)

« The concept of “space-sharing”: The sustainability of the new city” night markets in Thika Town »


Friday 14th December 2018, 14:30-16:00

Closed session

Feedback on the « mini-research » organized in Ngara and Lavington on the 12th of December with an ad hoc team (Suburbu-IFRA Nairobi, University of Nairobi, University of Kenya)

Discussion hosted by Chloé Josse-Durand (Deputy Director IFRA Nairobi) & Christine Deslaurier on the way forward.

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