Establishment of Tanzania State of the Cities Report (Preparatory Phase)



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Secondary Cities
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Lesson Learned for Cities Alliance Members and Partners
Participation • All leaders and officials from various institutions at National level including the Deputy Minister from Prime Minister’s office participated fully in the National Urban stakeholder’s workshop. Their participation contributed to the acceptance of TACINE initiatives by the Ministry responsible for Local Government. As a result, a focal person has been nominated to liaise with TACINE and other sector ministries. • The City wide cross sectoral involvement of stakeholders from the Government, private sector, civil societies and other institutions, has helped to reach a common understanding in coming up with final proposal for State of Cities Report and also contributed to the decision of establishing the National Urban Forum in Tanzania. • The process of preparation and dissemination of Tanzania State of Cities Report has been a capacity building programme for effective participation of the Government and other sector officials at all levels of governance. Partnership • TACINE with a spirit of joint implementation of the process of establishing the Tanzania State of Cities Report with Ardhi University (ARU) creates a hope for tomorrow’s urban development in Tanzania and Africa at large. Financial Sustainability • Financial Sustainability is temporarily a challenge to Tanzania Cities, which still remains highly centralized. Currently most of revenue sources are being owned by the Central Government and National level Agencies. Cities are missing the financial strength which is an important factor for them to plan for Local economic development projects which will contribute to the economic growth and improvement of service delivery. • The Prime Minister instructed the Ministry responsible for Local Authority to review the revenue policy for the purpose of increasing revenue base at Local Council levels on the occasion of Local Government Day on 1st July. • With the help of the Association of Local Authorities of Tanzania (ALAT), the cities of Tanzania are shaping the debate for decentralization and devolution of power to cities for resource management and allocation. The project emphasized the role that local financing could play in moving forward local agendas and development in Africa.


The cities of Tanzania are facing socio-economic and environmental challenges coupled with institutional and administrative issues. Demand for infrastructure and urban services, growing urban poverty, weak coordination and linkages among urban centres, and insufficient and un-reliable data and information for decision making led to the meeting of Mayors to agree on the establishment of Tanzania Cities Network (TACINE). This preparatory grant supports the nine cities/municipalities in Tanzania to form the cities network - TACINE. The Cities Network will prepare a detailed proposal, including work plan and budget, for a State of the Cities Report.
The objectives of the preparatory grant are to establish a viable City Network and to develop a proposal for a State of the Cities Report (SoCR) that will: 1) Document and analyze data on the situation in Tanzania’s cities to provide basis for policies and strategies at both the national and city level; 2) Create a base line against which future progress will be monitored Benchmark the performance of the cities against one another; 3) Build capacity of the participating cities together and analyze comparative data, and use the data to inform local policy makers.
1) Develop conceptual outline for the SoCR; 2) Establish roles and responsibilities of TACINE, training institutions, private sector and others; 3)Determine Report management activities; 4) Determine how to organize data by focusing on which data is needed and why, how it will be collected, etc.; 5) Define Report writing activities: who assigns writing responsibilities, reviews inputs/comments and revision requests, edits, and how many/what experts are needed, etc.; 6) Determine production activities’ costs and timing; 7)Develop the financing strategy for the 2nd phase.
Expected Impacts and Results
• Municipalities in Tanzania are increasingly realizing the potential and need of TACINE. The membership base of TACINE has increased from 9 to 14. • The Tanzania Cities Network has partnered with Ardhi University, School of Regional and Urban Planning, German Development (DED), African Centre for Cities (ACC), UN-Habitat and South African Cities Network (SACN) in implementation of Tanzania SoCR Project. • The Tanzania Cities Network has partnered with Ardhi University, School of Regional and Urban Planning, German Development (DED), African Centre for Cities (ACC), UN-Habitat and South African Cities Network (SACN) in implementation of Tanzania SoCR Project. • The Tanzania Cities Network’s (TACINE) partnership with Association of Local Authorities in Tanzania(ALAT) has motivated Local Authorities in Tanzania to work together to attain common challenges facing the Urban Centres. • The involvement of the Prime Minister’s Office responsible for Local Government in TACINE meetings has contributed to start the process of establishing the Tanzania Urban Forum and preparing the first Urban Development Policy in Tanzania. • The full-scale State of the Cities Report is expected to empower cities to make use of data to inform policy and decision makers, influence the policy makers, provide a starting point for the cities to open up to the Local and global market, and influence urban development policy and strategies that will contribute to build cities without slums.