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Approaches to managing urbanization: A case study of the importance of developing secondary cities in Rwanda

Alli, Mofe Oluwatoba

The successful management of urban growth is fundamental in achieving sustainable development. In the absence of sound macro-economic policy, adequate investments in infrastructure and well-functioning institutions, rapid urbanization can inhibit growth. The Rwandan government has set out plans to mitigate mass unplanned urbanization to Kigali by focusing on creating economic centers of opportunity across Rwanda. The cities of Muhanga, Rubavu, Huye, Rusizi, Musanze and Nyagatare were selected as ‘secondary cities’ with the objective of off-loading pressure on Kigali by developing infrastructure, social and economic opportunities in these cities. This thesis incorporates a mixed-methodology design and provides a policy analysis of Rwanda’s attempts to ensure more balanced regional growth through the development of its secondary cities.

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Academic Units
Urban Planning
Thesis Advisors
O'Neill-Hutson, Moira K.
M.S., Columbia University
Published Here
December 13, 2019