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The Daily Governance Of Environmental Health: Gender Perspectives From Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

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Local governance is particularly important for environmental health as this is the level where many environmental health hazards can be controlled and environmental health services are provided and/or managed. However, weak public structures on national and local levels are often a key cause of poor environmental health in the context of urban poverty. Urban residents are exposed to many health hazards and almost left to themselves in the day-to-day management of environmental health. This chapter examines such a situation in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. It looks into the ward and focuses on environmental health on the ground level. It asks how local residents have experienced these reforms in local governance and service provision in an inner-city neighbourhood. The chapter inquires into gender divisions of labour and responsibilities in daily governance of environmental health. Finally, it examines the role of social and economic networks in gaining access to essential environmental services.

Keywords: daily governance; Dar es Salaam; environmental health hazards; environmental health services; essential environmental services; local governance; local residents; Tanzania; urban poverty; weak public structures



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