Date: Tuesday Feb 04, 2020

    Organiser: ESRF


    In February 4th, 2020 the Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) hosted the Tanzania Urbanization Laboratory (TULab) Meeting, drawing a range of stakeholders from the Government Ministries, Agencies, Departments, Development Partners, Academia, Researchers, Private sector and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)

    The well attended meeting was officiated by Dr. Lorah Madete, Principal Economist from the Ministry of Finance and Planning (MoF). In her opening speech, Dr. Madete urged participants to contribute views to help the Government to develop the National Urbanization Development Policy, which is the aftermath of the launch of the National Urbanization Roadmap titled; “Harnessing Urbanization for development: Roadmap for Tanzania’s Urban Development Policy”

    In her welcoming remarks, Dr. Tausi Kida- ESRF Executive Director informed the participants that, the meeting aimed at sparking on what next should Tanzania Urbanization Laboratory (TULab) focus on in the next two or three years to support urbanization process in Tanzania.

    Dr. Tausi gave the background of Urbanization in Tanzania, where it started and different efforts initiated to make it successful. She further added that the importance of the TULab has attracted some Development Partners engage in the process. In recognition of TULab efforts, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) for example is developing a programme to address challenges affecting children and adolescents in the cities under TULab” Dr. Kida reported.

    According to Dr. Kida ESRF in collaboration with the UNICEF have already conducted three stakeholders' workshops in Dodoma, Mbeya and Dar es salaam to solicit for ideas to inform the current initiatives to formulate the program.

    The meeting was colored by presentations from Dr. Anton Cartwright, Economist/Researcher, African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town, Republic of South Africa who presented on an overview of urbanization – trends and challenges, Tanzania Urbanization Laboratory and Roadmap for Tanzania’s Urbanization Development Policy.

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) presented an overview of UNDP’s Programmes on Urbanization in Tanzania. There was also presentations by ESRF and UNICEF on “Research Agenda towards programming services and innovation for children and adolescents in Tanzania”and another presentation on “Making Cities Sustainable and Inclusive: Promoting Smart Urban Farming” which was intended to demonstrate how Smart Urban Farming can provide a solution to urbanization.

    The participants to the meeting visited ESRF’ Smart Farming Demonstration site where they witnessed Hydroponic Vegetable and Re circulating Aquaculture System which can be easily practiced in urban areas.

    Last updated on 2020-02-20

ESRFs activities are supported by the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and International Development Research Centre (IDRC)