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Welcome to the Megacities-Dar es Salaam project website!

Megacities-Dar es Salaam was a R&D project dealing with trunk infrastructure and urban growth in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania with a focus on the management of rapid urbanisation under poverty. In was conducted from 2005-2008 by an interdisciplinary research team including the following partners:

  • SPRING - Spatial Planning for Regions in Growing Economies, Dortmund University of Technology, Germany
  • IRPUD - Institute of Spatial Planning, Dortmund University of Technology, Germany
  • VES - Department of Utility Systems, Dortmund University of Technology, Germany
  • UCLAS - University College of Lands and Architectural Studies, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Fichtner Consulting, Stuttgart, Germany

In Sub-Saharan Africa, urbanisation rates are mostly higher than national economic growth rates. Rapid urban growth has already outstripped the capacities of central and local governments to regulate and guide urban land development, to provide urban infrastructure services and to manage the urban environment. Rapid urbanisation under poverty poses, therefore, a major challenge for sustainable development in the region.

The project focused on the mutual linkages between trunk infrastructure development and urban growth in the rapidly growing city of Dar es Salaam (3 Mio inhabitants) with the intention to identify access points for strategic interventions into rapid urban growth under poverty following the concept of guided planning.