oa Africa Insight - Kenya's urbanization policy: the 1984 to 1988 Development Plan

Volume 16, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



The problems of great cities in the Third World, states Hauser, derive not so much from ""urbanism as a way of life"", but from the problems of the nation at large, especially low productivity and mass poverty. Urban policy, therefore, can be viewed as the adoption of those measures most likely to alleviate the worst aspects of urban problems derived from the national state of affairs. However, there is a more positive side to urban policy, i e, how to effectively use the urban system, from the largest city down to the smallest village, as a vehicle for achieving the wider goals of national development. The issue revolves around the key question, ""what type of urban development (will) bring about the full and total mobilization of the population of a country?""

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