For his collaborative work that has improved water, sanitation, and living conditions for Kenyan’s urban slum dwellers, Jason Corburn will receive the Global Citizen Award from the United Nations Association-USA East Bay Chapter. The awards are giving for outstanding achievements in fulfilling the UN Millennium Goals of alleviating poverty, inequality, and disparities.
Corburn is an associate professor with the School of Public Health and the Department of City & Regional Planning at UC Berkeley. He has led a five-year ongoing initiative partnering with slum dwellers and local organizations in Nairobi to plan for and implement improvements to infrastructure that have saved and improved the lives of thousands of residents in the city’s informal settlements.
His work on improving urban infrastructure and health in Kenya's informal settlements is documented in his book, Healthy City Planning: From Neighbourhood to National Health Equity, published by Routledge in 2013. The book’s recommendations are influencing the way governments, UN agencies, development banks, and non-governmental organizations view the connections between poverty, urban governance, and human health.
Four other individuals and organizations will also receive Global Citizen Awards at the chapter’s 8th Global Citizens Awards Dinner on October 27, which takes place at the International House, UC Berkeley. Congresswoman Barbara Lee will also receive a Global Citizen Award and will present the keynote address.
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