Mtwapa is located in Kenya's Kilifi County. The town is situated approximately 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) north-east of Mombasa on the Mombasa-Malindi road.
The Mtwapa slum upgrading project targets mostly basic services (drainage, roads) and housing. It is financed by EUROPEAID. From June– September 2012 a concept is being developed. The implementation is envisaged 2013 – 2015. It is financed by the European Commission (EUROPEAID).