The Right to the City for Urban Displaced - A Review of the Barriers to Safe and Equal Access to the City for the Displaced Residents of Dar es Salaam

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Dar es Salaam is one of the fastest growing cities in sub-Sahara Africa and might become a “mega-city” of over 10 millions residents by 2025. Part of this growth is due to important migratory flux, coming in particular from the DRC and Burundi, two countries facing some severe political crisis. Theses conflicts force many people to flee their homes and leave their origin territory for neighboring countries, as Tanzania. Most of them will settle at the borders of Dar es Salaam, making the city bigger and larger. This unplanned and informal growth of the city exacerbates many of the current challenges of public service provision, economic accessibility, and sustainable growth. 

This report from the International Rescue Committee presents an analysis of the challenges that displaced populations face in accessing services and achieving self-reliance in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, a developing and fast-growing city. This research draws upon the perspectives and experiences of urban displaced, Tanzanians, local and national government, and organizations directly involved with urban refugee programming in the city, and discuss Henri Lefebvre's concept of Right to the City.

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Tanzania (United Republic of)

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26 pages

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Migration and Integration

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