Kenyan slum to host ‘Davos With the Poor’

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A forum, dubbed Kenyan slum to host ‘Davos with the Poor” is to take place in Kibera  a heavily populated and largely poor area in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

The inaugural World Poverty Forum was announced at an event on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York though no exact date was given for when it will be held.

The man behind the forum, Kennedy Odede, says it will be hosted in the Kenyan slum because the focus needs to be on learning from and listening to some of the world’s poorest communities.

“That’s where the people live who really struggle and it’s a symbol that in development we cannot change things if we cannot really relate,” Mr Odede said.

Speakers at the poverty forum will be drawn from slums across the world unlike its famous namesake, the annual Davos forum held in Switzerland that brings together international business and political leaders.

“It’s going to be the people, mostly community leaders from different slums. They are going to come from different parts of the world. It’s a high time for them to teach us, show the world how they are solving the problems,” he said.

Participants will share perspectives and showcase what they are doing in their communities to deal with poverty and rising inequality.

Most of the time people are flying, coming to London, coming to New York and yet what they are talking about is things that are happening on the ground in places like Kibera.

Dominica Nwabufo