Access to Privatized solid Waste Collection by the Urban Poor in Informal Settlements of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Agnes Mwasumbi


This article examines issues of access to services by the urban poor at the wake of market oriented reforms in local government set-up in Tanzania.  It explores the effects of the market reforms and transformed institutional and financial structure for providing services to the lives of the urban poor as, theoretically, privatization of urban services is envisaged to provide the urban poor with better access to services.  In particular, it addresses the issues of access by the urban poor to privatized solid waste collection services, where private providers are in place and user charge is in effect.  The article attempts to answer the question:  Are the urban poor able to access privatized sold waste collection service?

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