Accelerating Transition in Peri-Urban areas in East Africa

Project summary

ACTUS is a research project that aims to investigate everyday experiences of solid waste and sanitation in peri-urban areas in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The overall goal of ACTUS is to discern the relationship between urban infrastructure systems, pro-poor growth and climate hazards. On one side, the research investigates how the lack of integrated solid waste and wastewater management adds to the existing vulnerabilities of communities settled in hazard prone areas. On the other side, ACTUS explores self-organization and creativity and how coping mechanisms and local technologies that may serve as a stimulus for reducing risks, intensifying income and building assets.

The project runs complementary to the PhD program on Urban Infrastructure in Transition: The case of African cities at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Slodowska-Curie grant Agreement No 657784 – ACTUS.

Peri-urban areas of Dar es Salaam

ACTUS investigates daily disposal of solid waste and wastewater in two peri-urban areas of Dar es Salaam. These are zones of transition between urban and regional centers. They are often labeled as transitory with boundaries that are dynamic and in motion. Settlements located in peri-urban areas are less urban but not fully rural. There, dwellers create their own social forms and arrangements to cope with land use changes and the lack of services such as water, electricity and waste collection.

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