When Bottom Up Meets Top Down: The Limits of Local Participation in Local Government Planning in Tanzania

“This report discusses issues that concern planning at district level as perceived by representatives of different districts in Tanzania. In the context of this report planning is taken as a process of choosing or making choices/priorities of intervention in pursuits of sustainable development in general and more specifically in addressing the Millenium Development Goals. In this report local level problems and constraints related to planning and implementation are discussed and synthesized. The clearest conclusion of this study is that participatory planning at the community level has the potential of providing the basis, through aggregation of village/ward plans, for district development planning. “