Tanzania: TULab to come up with a roadmap for better Urbanisation.

    THE government has commended three pieces of research that have been commissioned by the Tanzania Urbanisation Laboratory (TULab), saying that are relevant and timely and will generate useful inputs required to produce a credible and implementable roadmap in the country.

    The three pieces of research are conducted by Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF), Ardhi University (AU) and Mzumbe University, whereby the Urbanisation Laboratory is chaired by the Planning Commission and coordinated by the ESRF.

    Participating stakeholders are from public, private, civil society, and academic organizations in Tanzania.

    Speaking at the Tanzania Urbanisation Laboratory Meeting held in Dar es Salaam on Friday, Dr. Lorah Basolile Madete, Acting Deputy Executive Secretary, Planning Commission, Ministry of Finance and Planning said that they look forward putting the output from urbanization laboratory in to good use.

    “Meeting deliberations we are having today are intended to review and provide inputs to the research teams to strengthen their work, as well as ensure stakeholders’ involvement in all stages of the research to increase the familiarity and uptake of the research findings,” she said.

    Dr Madete also said that one thing that is clear to the government is that it cannot achieve this alone.

    “Addressing multifaceted and multilayered development challenges grappling our urbanization process requires forging strategic and effective partnerships and collaborations with the various stakeholders of the urbanization process, and here is where an arrangement like Tanzania Urbanisation Lab becomes crucial,” she said.

    She added: “The Lab is an ideal forum for facilitating effective, collaborative, evidence-based decisions concerning urbanisation in Tanzania.”

    The focus is on identifying the most immediate binding constraints with regards to urbanization and to enable effective prioritization of government resources for ensuring better urban planning and management in the country, she observed.

    …We are honored to be chairing the programme which is currently being financially supported by DFID through the Coalition for Urban Transitions (CUT), with support from the World Resources Institute (WRI) - Ross Center, and African Centre for Cities (ACC,” she said

    Dr Madete further said that to attain the objectives of the set interventions, the Implementation Strategy for FYDP II which is currently being finalised outlines some concrete measures and proposed some reforms.

    “We are fast-tracking the formulation of long overdue urban development policy; streamlining legal and institutional management roles and responsibilities on urban development; harmonization of National policies, legal and institutional frameworks towards enforcement of existing urban acts”

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    Last updated on 2018-03-16

ESRFs activities are supported by the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and International Development Research Centre (IDRC)