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Spatial Planning in Developing Countries

Urban Development of Dar es Salaam (1996)

The Volkswagen Foundation is funding, as part of its Targeted Research Area 'Transformation of Economic Systems' a joint research project of IRPUD and the University College of Land and Architectural Studies of the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The University of Dar es Salaam and the University of Dortmund are linked by a partnership. The new research project 'The Regulation of Urban Growth in the Transition to a Market Economy - the Case of Dar es Salaam' looks into the potentials and limitations of urban development which, in the absence of public planning, is largely controlled from below. Given scarce administrative and political resources, urban development in poor countries, more than in the past, has to take account of these potentials and to mobilise them in the interest of planning oriented at the needs and adapted to the resources of the people. The project cooperates with the Sustainable City Project of the United Nations, in which Dar es Salaam was selected as a model city. In the project the conventional 'master plan' issued 'from above' is to be replaced by discursive procedures for the integration and mobilisation of informal development potentials. In the project IRPUD's long-term research on informal urban development in Rome and Madrid is continued in a very poor country just at the beginning of the transition to market-economy regulation. Project leaders are Volker Kreibich (Dortmund) and Dr. W. Jackson Kombe (Dar es Salaam).

Contact: Volker Kreibich

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