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Title:Urban development and planning in Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe in the late 1980s: a review and research agenda
Author:Rakodi, C.
Periodical:Review of Rural and Urban Planning in Southern and Eastern Africa
Geographic terms:Tanzania
Subject:urban planning
Abstract:In order to devise suitable policies for the management of urban development, an understanding is needed of the market processes in land and housing, and of the strategies adopted by households to cope with changing conditions and the extent to which planning systems and land and housing markets hinder or facilitate such strategies. Thus any research into planning processes needs to consider the context in which planning is operating, developing an understanding of the economic, political and social processes in which attempts are made to intervene; the nature and form of the State, including the interests which the planning process may be serving and the nature and capacity of the State apparatus; and the outcome and impact of policies and their implementation. Attempts at a systematic understanding of urban systems are rare. This paper is a review of recent research into land markets, land development and planning, housing markets, and household strategies in Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, which shows that present knowledge is incomplete. The conclusion is that the severity of problems arising from rapid urban growth is greater and the capacity of the government to perform necessary management tasks less in Tanzania and Zambia than in Zimbabwe. Bibliogr.