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Transnational Activism: An Entangled History of the Disability Movement in Tanzania

Disability does not just refer to an individual impairment, but is constructed through social relations and is about how society deals with bodily norms and deviance. As social relations, norms and attitudes are not universal, it logically follows that different societies have different ways of thinking about and dealing with…

Land Policies:Questioning discrepancies between discourse and practices in Tanzania

Map of a village in Pwani region Joanny Bélair,  “Land policies: Questioning discrepancies between discourse and practices in Tanzania”, Mambo! volume XIV, (3) 2017 This working paper analyzes practices of consultation associated to two specific recent land policies in Tanzania. It aims at understanding why there are important discrepancies between official…

Gendered issues and contested benefits: Laikipia’s Maasai Cricket Warriors

Graham R.L. Fox, « Gendered issues and contested benefits: The case of Laikipia’s Maasai Cricket Warriors », Mambo! Volume XIV, (1) 2017 Introduction Though many feminist and postcolonial scholars question the utility of sport as a platform for social development (Giles and Lynch 2012), sport-based development initiatives – particularly in Kenya –…

‘We do not want any more masters’: Ruins, planning and the “messy labours” of the urban poor.

Introduction Amidst the animated conversations about recent national and county development plans for the city, one wonders when Nairobi’s real residents will actually appear. In one of the most recent iterations of this master planning, the Integrated Urban Development Masterplan for the city of Nairobi (NIUPLAN), the now normalized images…

Becoming Minister for Lands: Jackson Angaine and Meru politics (1961-1963)

Anaïs Angelo, »Becoming Minister for Lands: Jackson Angaine and Meru politics (1961-1963) », Mambo! Volume XIV (3), 2016. In 1978 British Officials profiled the most prominent Kenyan politicians and produced a document entitled “Leading Personalities in Kenya, 1978”. Their information was certainly inspired by regular talks they had with influential civil servants, and…

Managing conflicts in slums within a relocation project. Case study of Soweto East, Kibera, Nairobi.

Adèle Charbonneau, « Managing conflicts in slums within a relocation project: Case study of Soweto East, Kibera, Nairobi », Mambo! Volume XIV (2), 2016. Introduction In developing cities, many slum dwellers  have  settled  down in valuable road and railway reserves due to the lack of affordable housing. In Nairobi, the railway line which passes at…

Managing conflicts in slums within a relocation project. Case study of Soweto East, Kibera, Nairobi.

Adèle Charbonneau, « Managing conflicts in slums within a relocation project: Case study of Soweto East, Kibera, Nairobi », Mambo! Volume XIV (2), 2016. Introduction In developing cities, many slum dwellers  have  settled  down in valuable road and railway reserves due to the lack of affordable housing. In Nairobi, the railway line which passes at…

Urban Development in Kenya: Towards Inclusive Cities

Anne Bousquet, “Urban Development in Kenya: Towards Inclusive Cities”, Mambo! Volume  VII, n° 10; 2008. With an urban growth of 4% and an urban population of more than 30% (Vision 2030), one out of every two Kenyans will live in urban areas before 2030 (and probably by   2015). As urbanization…

The 11th June 2008 By- Elections in Kenya: A Rejoinder

Patrick Asingo, “The 11th June 2008 By- Elections in Kenya: A Rejoinder”, Mambo!Volume VII, n° 8; 2008 This paper is a reaction to Anne Cussac’s article: ‘The 11 June 2008 By-Elections’ which appeared in Mambo Vol. VII n° 7; 2008. Cussac set out to measure the popularity of PNU and ODM…

Performing and Narrating the Tanzanian Nation

Marie-Aude Fouéré, “Performing and Narrating the Tanzanian Nation”, Mambo! Volume IX n° 4; 2011. In Tanzania, the Ujamaa-bashing of the 1980s was prejudicial to the iconic image of the wise Mwalimu that enthusiastic leftist intellectuals propagated abroad and the Tanzanian state diffused in the country. Yet, since his death on October, 14…

Governance and Transition Politics in Kenya

Jérôme Lafargue, “Governance and Transition Politics in Kenya”, Mambo! Volume III, n° 1; 2002. Governance and Transition Politics in Kenya: A review of the book edited by Peter Wanyande, Mary Omosa, Ludeki Chweya Nairobi, University of Nairobi Press, 2007 Speaking freely about politics in Kenya is no longer the gamble that it…