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Consultant to the EU in Tanzania

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Consultant to the EU in Tanzania

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Rodeo has been a consultant to the Delegation of the European Union to Tanzania and the East African Community (EEAS) on urban development issues in Dar es Salaam. With the UN’s recent focus on urban resilience and development through Sustainable Development Goal 11, the EEAS have sought to see their own support of projects in light of this. Workshops and seminars with the EEAS and their development partners (e.g. DFID, JICA, GIZ) have been held as a part of this work, and highlighted the possible divergence between the generic principles of the SDGs and observed contextual challenges in Dar es Salaam. 

While the SDG 11s subgoals are attempted defined through measurable words like: adequate, affordable, accessible, reduce, green, positive, and increase, the realities of Dar es Salaam are that the challenges the city is facing are not easily measurable. This is due to two factors in particular:

i) the human factor, where the social, cultural and political bring qualitative aspects to the fore.

ii) Lack of quantitative data (e.g. maps, statistics, survey data), that make it hard to contextualise the measurable terms from the SDG subgoals.

As a result a triangulation was sought between i) the SDG 11 subgoals, ii) actual stakeholders and agents in Dar es Salaam, and iii) a list of contextual urban challenges in Dar es Salaam. Through such a triangulation it was amongst others possible to identify which urban issues are at risk of falling outside of SDG focal areas, and which stakeholders  or agents could be involved in addressing which issues - and could be involved working towards a more cross-sectorial approach to urban development. 

Through a series of meetings seven contextual issues were identified, thought to be of key importance to the urban development taking place in Dar es Salaam today. These are: land issues, spatial planning (in Dar), spatial planning (regionally), transportation, low cost housing, public utilities, and construction industry issues. When superimposing SDG 11 subgoals on top of these contextual challenges, the important discovery was that while urban planning challenges connected to “hard assets”,  e.g. infrastructure and buildings, would be duly covered if institutions wish to focus their activities in line with SDG 11 subgoals, there are a number of “soft asset” problematics that potentially fall to the wayside; challenges connected to public amenities, cultural practices, social spaces, socio economic disparities, and inclusion of vulnerable groups - and the specific ways in which these are articulated in Dar es Salaam - are to a lesser degree picked up by SDG 11 subgoals. These are vital to planning equitable urban spaces, and require of the institutions involved that they maintain focus on such issues in addition to streamlining their work in accordance with SDG 11.   

As a part of the work a repository was created to form the basis for a inter-institutional “think tank” - a platform for knowledge sharing and dissemination among institutions engaged in urban challenges in Dar es Salaam. The repository addresses the lack of readily available information, research and data material on urban issues in the city.  

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Rodeo has been a consultant to the Delegation of the European Union to Tanzania and the East African Community (EEAS) on urban development issues in Dar es Salaam. With the UN’s recent focus on urban resilience and development through Sustainable Development Goal 11, the EEAS have sought to see their own support of projects in light of this. Workshops and seminars with the EEAS and their development partners (e.g. DFID, JICA, GIZ) have been held as a part of this work, and highlighted the possible divergence between the generic principles of the SDGs and observed contextual challenges in Dar es Salaam. 

While the SDG 11s subgoals are attempted defined through measurable words like: adequate, affordable, accessible, reduce, green, positive, and increase, the realities of Dar es Salaam are that the challenges the city is facing are not easily measurable. This is due to two factors in particular:

i) the human factor, where the social, cultural and political bring qualitative aspects to the fore.

ii) Lack of quantitative data (e.g. maps, statistics, survey data), that make it hard to contextualise the measurable terms from the SDG subgoals.

As a result a triangulation was sought between i) the SDG 11 subgoals, ii) actual stakeholders and agents in Dar es Salaam, and iii) a list of contextual urban challenges in Dar es Salaam. Through such a triangulation it was amongst others possible to identify which urban issues are at risk of falling outside of SDG focal areas, and which stakeholders  or agents could be involved in addressing which issues - and could be involved working towards a more cross-sectorial approach to urban development. 

Through a series of meetings seven contextual issues were identified, thought to be of key importance to the urban development taking place in Dar es Salaam today. These are: land issues, spatial planning (in Dar), spatial planning (regionally), transportation, low cost housing, public utilities, and construction industry issues. When superimposing SDG 11 subgoals on top of these contextual challenges, the important discovery was that while urban planning challenges connected to “hard assets”,  e.g. infrastructure and buildings, would be duly covered if institutions wish to focus their activities in line with SDG 11 subgoals, there are a number of “soft asset” problematics that potentially fall to the wayside; challenges connected to public amenities, cultural practices, social spaces, socio economic disparities, and inclusion of vulnerable groups - and the specific ways in which these are articulated in Dar es Salaam - are to a lesser degree picked up by SDG 11 subgoals. These are vital to planning equitable urban spaces, and require of the institutions involved that they maintain focus on such issues in addition to streamlining their work in accordance with SDG 11.   

As a part of the work a repository was created to form the basis for a inter-institutional “think tank” - a platform for knowledge sharing and dissemination among institutions engaged in urban challenges in Dar es Salaam. The repository addresses the lack of readily available information, research and data material on urban issues in the city.