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Title:Village-By-Village Nation Building in Tanzania
Author:Lemarchand, RenéISNI
Periodical:Africa Report
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:community development
Abstract:Of great importance are the efforts of the Village Development Committees in Tanganyika, which form the very basis of local government. The functions devolved upon the VDCs are intended to adapt the rural population to a new way of life, geared to the requirements of a modern administration. The 3 assumptions are that nation-building should be carried out initially at the level of the smallest possible administrative unit, that community endeavors require the participation of the entire village population and that local initiatives must be attuned to the objectives of the Five Year Development Plan. Intended as a radical solution to the economic backwardness are the Village Settlement Schemes, that will bring about a concentration of farmers in villages. One of the problems are the coordination of activities between the VDCs and the higher echelons of the administration and the relationships between TANU officials and civil servants in charge of community development projects. The future of these programs will highly depend of the course of domestic politics at the leadership level.