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Title:Development of Urban Functions in the Villages of Tanzania
Author:Lerise, Fred S.
Periodical:African Urban Quarterly (ISSN 0747-6108)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Tanzania
East Africa
Urbanization and Migration
Development and Technology
Social service
rural development
Abstract:The village settlement schemes of the 1960s, the resettlement and villagization programmes of the early 1970s, and the practice of physical planning of villages in Tanzania have contributed to the creation of compact and nucleated settlements with village centres which occupy the lowest level of the settlement hierarchy in Tanzania. This paper examines the prospects for village centres to attract and accommodate urban functions, and the limitations they face in this respect. It finds no support for the assumption that villagization has facilitated the development of urban functions in villages. Instead, the type of nonfarming economic activities found in most villages are small in size, informal, without a permanent location and often seasonal. In addition to institutional limitations, lack of funds and business networks, regional barriers and lack of infrastructure have to be dealt with if urban functions are to be developed in Tanzania's villages. Bibliogr., sum.