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New City Visions and the Politics of Redevelopment in Dar es Salaam
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1986-1671
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2016 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In the midst of widespread urban deprivation, African governments increasingly give priority to large-scale ultra-modern urban projects, intended to increase national income and propel their urban settlements onto the global stage of ‘world-class’ cities. However, such projects are often in tension with the realities of local residents. This study explores one such initiative, a redevelopment project, the Kigamboni New City, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. It discusses the vision, intentions and rationales behind the project, as well as the tensions that the plans gave rise to, as residents in the area were to be resettled or displaced to make way for the New City. It shows that the urban vision underlying the New City project took shape without taking the different realities and desires of the local residents of Kigamboni into consideration. The study discusses how residents perceived and acted upon the redevelopment plans. A local organization claiming to represent the people of Kigamboni was mainly concerned with issues of compensation and the particular interests of landholders, and seemed to marginalize women and the concerns of tenants. The difficulties surrounding implementation of the futuristic plans finally brought them to a standstill, leaving the remaining residents in a state of uncertainty about the future. The paper is based on ethnographic fieldwork, including interviews with urban planners and local residents, as well as analysis of urban plans and other relevant documents.

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Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, 2016. , 46 p.
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NAI Working Paper, 2016:1
Keyword [en]
New towns, Urban planning, Urban policy, Urban development, Resettlement, Urban renewal, Urbanism, Tanzania, Dar es Salaam
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-139027ISBN: 978-91-7106-797-5 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-139027DiVA: diva2:1070471
Available from: 2017-02-01 Created: 2017-02-01 Last updated: 2017-02-01Bibliographically approved

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