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Department of Spatial Planning
Research project

GOPLAREA - Governance and Planning of Resilient Cities in East Africa

Project duration: 01/2017 to 12/2021

Against the background of unabated rapid urbanisation East African cities are facing a complex combination of environmental, economic, technical and social problems and threats, for example flooding, water supply shortages, power cuts, outbreak of diseases, air and water pollution, traffic congestions to name only a few. Some of these risks are further exacerbated by climate change, affecting in particular vulnerable populations in urban and peri-urban areas.

Enhancing cities’ resilience to these risks and stresses is the overall goal of the project “Governance and Planning of Resilient Cities in East Africa”. The project has the dual aim of fostering and advancing research on resilient cities in East Africa and setting up and running a joint PhD programme at Ardhi University (Tanzania) and TU Dortmund University (Germany).

The training component is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), while the research component of the project is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).