Kalobeyei Settlement Planning

Shigeru Ban Architects

The Kalobeyei Settlement is a development that provides an integrated framework for settlement and distribution of refugees from the Kakuma refugee camp. 

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The Kalobeyei Settlement development plan provides a settlement shelter to support refugees from the Kakuma refugee camp, it was initiated by the Government of Kenya, UNHCR, the county government of Turkana and the World Bank and designed by Shigeru Ban Architects. The development was initiated as a plan to integrate the refugees within the local surrounding communities and provide more permanent shelter to the conflict driven refugees from Southern Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia. The size of the shelter for each family is dependent on the family size. The finances are allocated to each family, which then selects the housing design that suits their needs.  Three different prototypes are available for the households to choose from depending on their origin and preferences. The settlement was developed in four phases with the infrastructural phase targeting the resettlement of up to 60,000 refugees. 

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

Kenya, Sudan, Ethipia, and Somalia

Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

Goverment of Kenya, UNHCR, and Shigeru Ban Architects 

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Households are given money between ~1153 to~2248USD (140000 to 273000 Kshs) to commission the design and construction of their shelter. The money allocated depends on the housing typology, which relies on the family sizes.

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The settlement plan implemented a cash-based assistance program piloted by the UNHCR for 82 households in 2018 and then scaled to 800 households. Households do not receive a pre-designed shelter as in other settlements, on the contrary, houses are built with local materials by local contractors hired directly by the households.

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

SDG11: Making cities and Human Settlements Inclusive, Safe, Resilient and Sustainable. 

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

Refugees and displaced populations in Kakuma and Turkana county in Kenya.

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