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Title:Industrial Development in Small Towns in Tanzania and Zimbabwe: A Case Study of the Construction Industry
Authors:Aeroe, Andes
Rasmussen, Jasper
Periodical:African Urban Quarterly (ISSN 0747-6108)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Tanzania
East Africa
Subjects:industrial development
middle-sized towns
Development and Technology
Economics, Commerce
small towns
construction industry
Development policy
Abstract:This article discusses the role of small towns in the industrialization process in two countries with different levels of industrialization, namely Tanzania and Zimbabwe. The article is based on a study of the construction industry in two small towns, Makambako in Tanzania and Gutu in Zimbabwe, carried out in 1989. In the first part of the article the development and structure of the two towns and their construction industries are described. Many similarities are identified, but it is also argued that the development patterns leading to these similarities are different in the two countries. In the second part, policies influencing the development of the local construction industry are identified. It is concluded that policies affecting local demand and technological capability play a decisive role in local industrial development while regional development policies and small-scale enterprise development policies play only a minor role. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.