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Nairobi County, UN Habitat launch report on urban safety

Nairobi City County in partnership with UN Habitat’s Safer Cities programme and The National Crime Research Centre (NCRC) on Tuesday launched ‘The City’s Report on the State of Urban Security’ by software development firm Safetipin – India, which seeks to highlight the safety status of various parts of the city.

The report is based on a citywide urban safety audit, which was carried out between March last year and June 2016 by the County Government of Nairobi in collaboration with Safetipin, online cab company Uber and various youth groups across the city.

Safetipin is a mobile platform that is used to collect data to measure a city’s safety status. The resultant information is then used to collect strategies and actions that will make cities more inclusive and safe. Speaking during the launch, Nairobi Governor Dr Evans Kidero said the Safetipin app provides a unique opportunity for collaboration and partnerships that will foster safer living in the city of Nairobi.

Dr Kidero noted that the audit has indicated where people feel unsafe and why they feel that way and with the revelations, the County Government can plan and act to effect change through formulation of informed policies, decisions and investments that support the promise of a Safer Nairobi for its citizens.

The citywide urban safety audit collected data across the city between March 2015 and June 2016 by taxi hailing service Uber Kenya as part of their partnership with SafetiPin, local taxi drivers, and university students and local youth in various neighborhoods around the city.

“This platform will save lives, make urban dwelling enjoyable and improve the environment for business, said Dr Kalpana Viswanath, Co Founder, Safetipin India.

“The technology is a platform that uses data to make cities more inclusive, safe and free from violence, particularly for women and girls. It uses apps to collect information and engage with individuals and institutions to create solutions. It provides useful information about safety in cities,” Dr Viswanath explained.

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