On 10 May 2012, the World Bank approved 27.89 billion Kenyan Shilling (USD 330 million) in funding for the Nairobi Metropolitan Services Improvement Project (NaMSIP) This project aims to strengthen urban services and infrastructure in the Nairobi Metropolitan Region for an estimated 1.5 million urban residents. The project was developed to help steer Kenya towards the path of becoming a middle-income country – one of the goals of Nairobi Metro 2030.
The project will begin activities in 2014, offering institutional reform and planning assistance to each of the fifteen local authorizes within the Nairobi Metropolitan Region. The second objective will improve government infrastructure and services by using grants to finance priority urban infrastructure in 13 identified areas of the region. The final objectives will focus on managing, monitoring and evaluating these metropolitan infrastructure and service improvements.
The Nairobi Metropolitan Services Improvement Project will supplement the work of previous World Bank sponsored urban improvement projects, including the Kenya Municipal Programme and the Kenya Informal Settlements Improvement Project, each of which have received 8.45 billion Kenyan Shilling (USD 100 million) in World Bank funding over the last seven years.