Jiji ni ya Who ?
The project Jiji ni ya Who? (Who does the City belong to?) is an initiative of the Alliance Française de Nairobi and the Goethe-Institut Nairobi, in partnership with the GoDown Arts Centre. It is supported by the French-German Cultural Fund that was founded in 2003 on the 40th anniversary of the Élysée treaty (signed in 1963 to establish a new foundation for French-German relations). The fund supports cultural and artistic projects that are put together by French and German cultural institutions in close cooperation with local partners.
Jiji ni ya Who? will explore the relationship between the city inhabitants and their physical and social environment in the multi-cultural setting of Nairobi. It will aim to encourage inclusiveness and social change dialogues for creative, resilient, and happy cities.
Even though the arts and culture are paramount to the livability and economic vitality of a city, they are often not intuitively brought into the conversations of Sustainable Cities and Communities of the future (Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11: Inclusive and Sustainable Urbanization being one of its targets). The active participation of residents in local cultural activities not only improves the quality of life and wellbeing (SDG 3) but also promotes a sense of belonging and citizenship.
Cultural activities also present an avenue for inspiring participatory processes of re-imagining the city for the better, of promoting informed urban development and of engaging the inhabitants in driving responsible and environmentally friendly changes.
Jiji ni ya Who? is adapted from the successful ‘Nai ni Who?’ (Who is Nairobi?) project initiated by the GoDown Arts Centre to explore urban identity and space and celebrate Nairobi and its neighbourboods.