Mapping Mombasa: UN Habitat’s City Scan Data Tool

Mapping Mombasa: UN Habitat’s City Scan Data Tool

May 12, 2023, Nairobi, Kenya 

UN-Habitat's City Scan Data Tool: Statistical and spatial data collection in Mombasa, Kenya  

The SDG Cities Global Initiative team was delighted to conduct a statistical and spatial data collection project in the county and town of Mombasa, Kenya. The aim was to provide an inventory of data linked to the Global Urban Monitoring Framework (UMF) and highlight socio-economic developments, territorial inequalities, and access to facilities. The findings inform development priorities, identify challenges, and offer interventions for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in cities.

Data Collection

The statistical data was gathered from official documents produced by the local administration and international organizations. To complement this information, spatial data was collected using Kobo Toolbox Surveys as part of the City Scan Data Tool developed by UN-Habitat. The data collection process was initiated through a two-day training workshop facilitated by UN-Habitat in collaboration with Swahilipot Hub, which engaged the youth in Mombasa. Participants were equipped with ten tablets and provided airtime, enabling them to map over 400 data points and 14,698 street sections.

Mapping Domains and Indicators

As a result of this project, SDG Cities was able to produce a report encompassing a comprehensive mapping of 72 indicators divided among five domains. These domains include socio-economic development, territorial inequalities, access to education, public transport, open spaces, cultural and social assets, administration, health, religion, commerce, and water collection. By covering these domains, the report offers a holistic view of the social, economic, environmental, and cultural aspects of Mombasa.

Insights and Results

The analysis of the spatial data collection and the gathering of relevant statistical reports provide crucial insights into Mombasa's urban development. The findings not only identify key development priorities but also shed light on the challenges and opportunities that the city faces. Importantly, the data helps identify areas of inequalities in terms of access to basic urban services, highlighting the need for targeted interventions and initiatives. By understanding the existing gaps and disparities, stakeholders can engage in a strategic planning process, fostering local ownership and collaboration to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs.

In conclusion, the comprehensive assessment from the data collection project highlights the importance of data-driven decision-making for urban development. The statistical and spatial data collected through the collaboration between UN-Habitat, Swahilipot Hub, and the youth of Mombasa provide a solid foundation for understanding the city's dynamics, challenges, and opportunities. By utilizing this knowledge, local stakeholders can prioritize interventions and develop a strategic plan to address the identified gaps, ultimately working towards creating an inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable city. This data collection serves as a valuable resource for Mombasa's ongoing urban development efforts, emphasizing the significance of data-driven approaches in achieving the SDGs and fostering positive change. We are excited to make use of the City Scan Data Tool across all participating cities!