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Tanzania – Need to improve human settlements


In Tanzania at least 25 percent of people now live in urban areas growing at over 6 percent per annum, around twice the national rate of population growth.

There are ten major towns with populations of over 150,000 with the major city and port, Dar es Salaam, having a population of nearly four million.

According to statisticians an average of seven out of ten urban dwellers are now living in unplanned homes and according to the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development “generally the state of human settlements in Tanzania is poor and needs to be improved.“

It is against this background the Government is taking measures including a programme to survey and upgrade hundreds of thousands of plots particularly in urban areas to improve human settlements.

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