Transforming Dar es Salaam into a City that Works

October 18 2015

Tanzania is urbanizing fast but it is still only about one-third of the way through its urbanisation process. This gives policy makers a window of opportunity to design new policies which avoid the mistakes of the past. From global experience, we know that urbanisation can bring large benefits: by enabling firms to reap the productivity gains of scale and specialization it makes ordinary workers better off. Cities perform this miracle of productivity by providing good connectivity between firms and households. This paper investigates what Dar es Salaam can do to reap the benefits of urbanisation an transform into a well-functioning city.

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Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government; a Professorial Fellow of St Antony’s College; Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies, Oxford and Director of the International Grown Committee.

Patricia “Tracy” Jones is Project Manager and Researcher for the Urbanisation in Developing Economies Project. Her research focuses mainly on economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa.