The Kawangware market is located in Nairobi county, Dagoretti constituency between Naivasha and Gitanga road. This market is also a place where individuals (mainly residents from Dagoretti constituency) showcase and trade their wares. It is thus important as it is a source of employment for over 1500 vendors.


The Kawangware market is affected by various issues. Among them are inadequate trading space, inadequate sanitary facilities, inadequate waste disposal mechanisms within the market, inadequate drainage facilities within the market place, inadequate circulation within the market among other problems. These operational problems prompted the study of the Kawangware market place. The study also examined aspects of space utilization and provision by the market authorities to the market users. Through this research it emerged that there is inadequate coordination of institutions governing the market hence causing unbalanced development of the market in terms of service provision. Due to this aspect of uncoordinated institutions, the market has two sections: there is the section managed by the Kawangware Market Development Society and there is the spillover section of the market managed by the City Council of Nairobi and the Utumishi Self Help Group.

Thus the study is concluded by recommending that there should be a coordinated framework among the various institutions concerned with the management and operations of the market. It also recommends that the spillover section of the market place should be merged with the section managed by the Kawangware Market Development Society and that this spillover section of that market should be redesigned in order to ensure efficient operations of activities within this market.

Therefore, it is the view of this study that further research should be undertaken and focus in creating a model of a market that can be replicated in other towns and cities, that will operate efficiently and be beneficial to the market users.

Hence, the title of this study is “examining use of space in Kawangware market.”


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