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Participatory Issues on Urban Upgrading Projects: The Case of 35 Meda LDP, Addis Ababa

The Addis Ababa city government has taken urban upgrading as one of the major interventions to improve and maintain infrastructure and services for the benefit of the community and to make the city economically vibrant, socially equitable, and environmentally viable without relocating the local residents. It requires the need and interest of inhabitants and stakeholders' involvement in the planning and decision-making process because participation is the heart that pumps the community’s lifeblood—its citizens—into the community’s business; it is a condition for success. The government will only achieve many of its objectives if it fully involves citizens and communities. Therefore, the general objective of the research is to assess participatory issues in urban upgrading in Addis Ababa in the context of community participation by taking the 35 Meda LDP upgrading project as a case study. The researcher used both a qualitative and quantitative approach to a descriptive type of research. The data sourced for the study were primary and secondary data sources, including interviews, group focus discussions, desk reviews, and archival research of official records. The study employed 46 sample sizes, which consisted of 38 in-depth interviews with key informants and 8 participants in FGD through purposive sampling methods. The data was collected from kebele and private land owners’ residents, youths, traditional peacemakers, gender, technical experts, woreda, and sub-city leaders, as well as archival and desk reviews. The findings were analyzed using both qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis. The findings of the research showed a low level of participation that did not involve the integration of different stockholders during the planning and decision-making processes of local development projects, resulting in less demand responsiveness, less efficiency, less effectiveness, and less coverage due to structural, administrative, and socio-economic factors such as political influence, bureaucracy, weak governance, and barriers to information dissemination that were the main factors influencing community participation in the project area. Based on this, the study recommends promoting capacity buildings, ensuring active participation by all groups of community and stakeholders, ensuring integration and cooperation among different stockholders by the lead agency, and ensuring good governance.

Local Development Plan, Urban Upgrading, Structural Plan, 35 Meda, Community Participation

APA Style

Girmay, T. (2024). Participatory Issues on Urban Upgrading Projects: The Case of 35 Meda LDP, Addis Ababa. Urban and Regional Planning, 9(1), 24-34. https://doi.org/10.11648/j.urp.20240901.13

ACS Style

Girmay, T. Participatory Issues on Urban Upgrading Projects: The Case of 35 Meda LDP, Addis Ababa. Urban Reg. Plan. 2024, 9(1), 24-34. doi: 10.11648/j.urp.20240901.13

AMA Style

Girmay T. Participatory Issues on Urban Upgrading Projects: The Case of 35 Meda LDP, Addis Ababa. Urban Reg Plan. 2024;9(1):24-34. doi: 10.11648/j.urp.20240901.13

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