The lecture delivered by Charis Enns from the University of Sheffield, focuses on the longue durée of East Africa’s contemporary spatial planning strategies. She gives a historical perspective towards Kenya’s and Tanzania’s current national spatial plans to reveal how the unfulfilled imaginaries, visions and aspirations of both colonial and early independence administrators risk being reproduced through the implementation of spatial plans today.
The presentation is a case study of Kenya’s northern rangelands which illustrate how contemporary spatial planning risks carrying problematic ambitions from the colonial past into the present. She concludes by reflecting on why some spaces in rural East Africa have remained neglected by spatial plans – both today and in the past.
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Across East Africa, rural space are being transformed through the implementation of national spatial planning strategies. East Africa’s approach to spatial planning is predicated on the (re)zoning of land and large-scale investments in infrastructure to facilitate the movement of commodities between rural resource frontiers, industrial processing zones, urban centres and global markets.