Urban Forum

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 1–21 | Cite as

Towards a Political Economy of Transportation Policy and Practice in Nairobi

  • Jacqueline M. Klopp

“The streets and infrastructure of most of Africa’s cities are being overwhelmed by traffic, leading to rising levels of hazardous air pollution and impacts on the economy. Africa should consider the mistakes made on continents, such as Europe, which indicates that trying to build your way out of the problem by constructing more and more roads can be expensive and deliver only short-term benefits.”

Achim Steiner, United Nations Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of the Nairobi based UN Environment Programme (UNEP) 1

“… as much as the pressure for immediate results in respect of our horrible status of our roads is intense and much as emotions are running high against misappropriation of public funds, we must not act on expediency. Everything must be done constitutionally. We must look long and hard at our principles and sort out the enduring values of our society, lest we let our problems, whatever they might be, rob us of our values and aspirations as embodied in the...


Road Construction United Nations Environment Programme Central Business District Transportation Sector Common Pool Resource 
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The Rockefeller Foundation and the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations generously supported this research. I wish to thank Elizabeth Marcello and Geoffrey Charles for their insight and work on this paper. Elliott Sclar, Meleckidzedeck Khayesi, Nicole Volavka-Close, Jennifer Schumacher-Kocik as well as Sakiko Fakuda-Parr, Michael Cohen, Bob Buckley and the entire Development Thought and Policy Seminar at The New School provided helpful comments and insights into this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Sustainable Urban Development, Earth InstituteColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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