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Battling the informal settlement challenge through sustainable city framework: experiences and lessons from Harare, Zimbabwe

Abraham R Matamanda

Development Southern Africa, 2020, vol. 37, issue 2, 217-231

Abstract: This study examines the efficacy of adopting the sustainable city framework as an urban planning agenda with a view to addressing the dilemma of informal settlements in Harare, Zimbabwe. Data were collected through document review which was triangulated with key informant interviews. Thematic and content analysis was then used to analyse the data. The results of the study show that informal settlements in Harare are a result of a multiplicity of factors which include political economy, uncoordinated planning, invasion of land by land barons and inappropriate planning ideologies. The planning approaches to address informal settlements also tends to be too harsh at times when evictions are used though there are some instances where it is commendable-regularisation by UDC. The study recommends the adoption of planning approaches that conform to the local realities in Harare as well as considering the sustainable cities framework.

Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1080/0376835X.2019.1572495

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