Fragmented Urban Spaces in Zimbabwe: Can Meaningful Citizen Engagement be Achieved for Resilient Urbanity?
Keywords:participation, fragmented urban space, governance, policy, management
Urban centres in Zimbabwe have been characterised by contestations and coalitions where citizens have been fighting for access to city space. These coalitions and contestations are due to the fragmented nature of city space and the sidelining of some sectors in the development of cities. Some urban dwellers have been given special treatment in the access to city space while others have been disenfranchised of their right to access city space. As a result, cities are boiling pots characterised by contestations and coalitions. To minimise these contestations and conditions, cities should build platforms for citizen engagement for sustainable and resilient cities. This article examines the methods used to engage citizens in development planning in Zimbabwe and also explores challenges faced by different individuals and groups in civic engagements. The findings show that effective citizen participation in Zimbabwe can be scaled up by improving the structures and processes for their participation in city development.