Almost half of Tanzania’s population (49 percent; UN-DESA 2018) will reside in cities by 2040. Despite this fast urban population growth rate, urbanization in Tanzania happens unplanned which reproduces and aggravates inequality. This is evidenced by the lack of access to affordable services, such as housing and mobility. The urban space is typically seen as largely informal, but the informal and formal are closely interconnected.
Since 2020, FES brings together a broad urban policy alliance under the umbrella of the ‘Just City Platform’ (JCP) – that comes forward with progressive proposals for the gender and socially just provision of public goods and services, for example, housing. This is done, so that urbanization, characterized by informality and low economic growth, can be shaped in a more far-sighted and inclusive direction. Increasing citizen participation in urban planning and building alliances – where those who have knowledge about challenges and who are directly impacted, are linked with NGOs, professionals and academia, local government authorities and community leaders – will transform urban development towards sustainable, context sensitive solutions for the supply of public services and goods and urban infrastructure.