The Action Research Team (ART) implements the research strategy of the organization. It guides and builds on the advocacy strategy of the institution with emphasis on evidence-led approach.

The Research work undertaken by the department is undertaken through a mode of co-production. What this means is that we deliberately endeavored to co-produce knowledge with those who find themselves in the situation of marginalization. Our key method of this work is enumerations and mapping which is a community centered process that is structured on organizing communities using their own data. This enumeration structure employs a participatory approach where people are active agents of change rather than beneficiaries, in this way actively leading the data collection and mapping process using the Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM), visioning and strategy development based on their data, translation of the strategies and priorities into settlement plans, as well as sustainability of these processes

The outcome

  • Organized communities: our enumeration processes provide a seamless process in which communities are organized around their own issues, with their own data

  • Community negotiation power; our enumeration processes generate various outputs that project the settlement development aspirations, i.e. settlement plans. These tools are used as practical tools for negotiating inclusion of the settlements into the planning regime

  • Community Adaptation as a key principle: Community adaptation measures as a response to emerging realities and threats and their infusion into the planning process

The ART department in the year 201-2020 has implemented programs highlighted below:

  1. Upscaling the Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM) to promote integrated and sustainable land use supported by Cities Alliance

Pamoja Trust uses the Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM) to help give informal communities the chance to move towards tenure regularization and better access to economic and social services. The program is implemented in Nairobi and Mombasa and seeks to extend the conversation on flexible inclusive pro-poor land tools. The approach has three levels of engagement:

  • Macrofocuses on extending conversations on responsive land policies among community members and government

  • Meso leverages the experiences of Mombasa County with STDM to upscale its implementation to Nairobi County

  • Microuses STDM as a dynamic tool in support of gender-mainstreaming and for responding to youth.

  1. Third Phase of partnership between Pamoja Trust and GLTN

Pamoja Trust has collaborated with the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) in implementing fit for purpose, inclusive and pro-poor land tools such as the Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM) in informal settlements in Mombasa and Nairobi. STDM is a pro-poor, participatory and affordable land tool for capturing people to land relationships along the continuum of land rights. This partnership is in its third phase that aims to support development of urban land tenure strategies that promote improvement of tenure security in urban informal settlements based on the experience of applying fit for purpose land tools and approaches

  1. Cadasta Partnership

Pamoja Trust, in particular, the ART Department has recently entered into a partnership with Cadasta which promotes the use of simple digital tools and technology to help partners efficiently document, analyze, store, and share critical land and resource rights information.

This partnership will not only digitize Pamoja Trust’ data collection process but will also increase the management and efficiency of resource rights data.

  1. Habitat International Coalition (HIC) Partnership

Pamoja Trust is part of the HIC which is a global network for rights related to habitat. Through solidarity, networking and support for social movements and organizations, HIC struggles for social justice, gender equality, and environmental sustainability, and works in the defense, promotion and realization of human rights related to housing and land in both rural and urban areas.

Our collaboration within HIC and with Mazingira Institute is mainly focused on the program area; Women and ESCR, in particular studies on the dispossession of women through infrastructural developments and cultural practices.