SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

"Informal Housing in Dar es Salaam: A Tale of Three Cities

Stephanie Burcher and Tim Wickson (Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL)

Date: 20 November 2017Time: 5:15 PM

Finishes: 20 November 2017Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 4429

Type of Event: Seminar

Now home to a diverse population of over five million people, Dar es Salaam is a vibrant and expanding hub in East Africa. However, the rapid pace of growth has vastly outstripped the capacity of the planning system and housing market to respond, leaving 80 per cent of the population living in largely unplanned, informal neighbourhoods.

For many, this housing crisis manifests itself in a lack of access to basic infrastructure, including water and drainage, substandard living conditions, and high levels of urban risk, with vulnerable residents increasingly confined to hazardous land in order to remain within reach of city-centre economic opportunities.

This seminar will discuss the everyday realities and challenges faced by residents of different types of low-income neighborhoods in Dar es Salaam, as well as the opportunities for action already being undertaken by the residents themselves. It will close with a discussion on the role of progressive urban planning in approaching some of these issues, and supporting the growth of a more equitable city.

Speakers: Stephanie Burcher and Tim Wickson (Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL)

Chair: Andrew Coulson (Britain Tanzania Society)

This event is organised in collaboration with the Britain Tanzania Society.

Contact email: cas@soas.ac.uk