By Azania Post Reporter
LANDLORDS in Tanzania will soon start to plan for their land before they sell through a new mobile application that has been developed by Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) in collaboration with Peruvian based firm, GRADE, it has been learnt.
Speaking in Dar es Salaam today during a workshop on land planning and settlement, the ESRF head of Research and Publications, Prof Fortunata Songora, said already the organization has surveyed city.
She said the research revealed that Dar e s Salaam region is bounded with various land and settlement challenges which need immediate attention.
ESRF head of Research and Publications, Prof Fortunata Songora Makene
The research has two main aims. The first is to understand the socio-cultural elements and basic spatial notions that allow for informal occupations to follow rational urban patterns.
The second main aim is to design and develop a toolkit composed of simple and cheap methodological guidelines that can be applied and replicated in most fast-growing cities around the developing world.
According to her some of challenges include conflicts between neighbors, failure to extinguish fire, lack of children play grounds.
“ESRF, in partnership with GRADE have developed a mobile application called Lotizer which can be downloaded from smart phone and be used in planning settlement plots”, she said .
She noted that building from the research, the project will develop an Organizational and Urban planning Toolkit (OUT) as a viable alternative for urban expansion where urban planning cannot be carried out in traditional means. This Toolkit will be tested in Dar es Salaam –a city which is currently facing rapid informal urbanization.