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85 But this framing is not completely devoid of optimism. Although presumably lacking in essential capacities, the African state, development actors suggest, can be rehabilitated. It can be redirected by policies that not only place clear limits on its ability to engage in and/or regulate market transactions but also impel it to shift responsibility for a variety of social welfare functions to NSAs such as CBOs. In short, the state can be fixed, as in repaired, renovated, or structurally adjusted.

1 The new bridge in Kipembezo. Photo by author. “Developing” Dar es Salaam 37 The growth of Dar es Salaam’s unplanned settlements, both in terms of the quantity of distinct areas and of the proportion of the urban population they contain, has been nothing short of phenomenal. 4 This final figure is similar to current colloquial estimates and is typically found in government reports. But it may underestimate the true extent of the situation. ”6 Understanding how Dar es Salaam has become a sprawling agglomeration of unplanned settlements requires discovery of the ways in which successive regimes have viewed and managed the city’s development.

The fourth chapter of the book is concerned with my other central process, rendering political. I pay particular attention to the historical control of NSAs and the efforts of various agents to channel development initiatives, efforts, and activities through state organs and institutions. The chapter looks at the policies and laws that the state apparatus has crafted and deployed to proscribe various activities and claim-making by NSAs. What steps have these actors taken to ensure that development efforts fall solely within the purview of the state?

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