Urban planning and social inclusion, a study of Kigali city, Rwanda


Urban planning has been widely defined as an attempt to select the best available alternatives to achieve specific goals. However, little attention has been addressed to the explicit description of those goals towards the city development. Cities, as we experience them and live in, are remarkably expanding all over the world with significant development of built environment towards better spatial organizations for higher returns and more efficient economies. On other hand, social differentiation, especially in developing countries’ cities, is also becoming a big issue as a result of unbalanced development. The ability of wealthier people to obtain better services is gradually getting justifiable, whereas urban poor continuously magnify the proliferation of squatter settlements. Along these evidences, urban planning approach has to be redevised and foster to integrate social values so as to shape an inclusive city aiming balanced development. Referring on a case-based research, the findings reveals that even though there are considerable efforts to plan, Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda, still has a lot to learn from the failure and success of worldwide urban planning initiatives towards an effective planning promising a balanced and inclusive development

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Paper prepared for presentation at the
The World Bank – Washington DC, April 8-11, 2013

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Year 2013
Author(s) Niyonsenga D
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