Roads, rates and development: Urban roads and growth in Xai-Xai, Mozambique

Chissano, Mauro Peter Henrique and Minnery, John (2014) Roads, rates and development: Urban roads and growth in Xai-Xai, Mozambique. Habitat International, 42 48-57. doi:10.1016/j.habitatint.2013.10.007

Author Chissano, Mauro Peter Henrique
Minnery, John
Title Roads, rates and development: Urban roads and growth in Xai-Xai, Mozambique
Journal name Habitat International   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0197-3975
Publication date 2014-04-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.habitatint.2013.10.007
Open Access Status
Volume 42
Start page 48
End page 57
Total pages 10
Place of publication Oxford United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Abstract Many local authorities in cities in the developing world are grappling with increasingly complex challenges regarding urban road provision. This paper examines the constraints on effective provision of municipal roads in Xai-Xai, Mozambique, and the consequences for urban development. Although the provision of such urban roads in Xai-Xai is potentially constrained by a number of factors the financial constraints are the most pressing. This is exacerbated by central-local government relationships. The case study illustrates how limited own-source revenues place municipal authorities in a difficult financial predicament, leading to an inability to locally fund municipal roads, and consequently to high dependency on intergovernmental transfers. When urban roads are considered within a sustainability framework any local inadequacies are seen to have economic, social and environmental consequences. The research points, however, to some ways these local and sustainability difficulties may be addressed.
Keyword Local government
Municipal finance
Urban development
Urban planning
Urban roads
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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