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Title:Urban Management in a Socialist Transition: The Case of Harare, Zimbabwe
Author:Rogerson, Christian M.
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:urban planning
Politics and Government
Economics and Trade
Development and Technology
Urbanization and Migration
Abstract:This article examines recent and current trends in the management of urban growth in Harare, Zimbabwe. Though set against the background of Zimbabwe's slow progress towards socialism, the issues and problems of urban management faced in Harare mirror those of many cities in the developing world. The term 'management' refers broadly to the design and implementation of a variety of policies to assist the absorption of rapidly growing urban populations and satisfy basic needs. An examination is undertaken of changing national development policies (pre and postindependence) which have significantly contoured the pace and pattern of urbanization in Zimbabwe. Against this backdrop the focus shifts to the urban environment to detail the Harare experience in the provision of shelter and the availability of productive income opportunities in both the formal and informal sectors. The policy record of Harare underscores the uncertainties attached to urban management during a phase of political transition. The imperative of formulating a coherent strategy for the provision of mass shelter is the most pressing of Harare's contemporary management problems. Additionally, the question of supplying productive income opportunities for its rapidly expanding population must remain high on the city's management agenda. Ref.