Benefits of hindsight: aspects of experience in the high and low density settlement programmes in Kenya

During the early and middle 1960’s, the most important developments in Kenya’s rural sector were the land-transfer programmes administered by the Department of Settlement. Among these programmes the High and Low Density programmes are the best known, and most important. The progress reports on these two similar and parallel programmes, and other publications covering their aspects, are not wholly suitable to present information for finer analysis. Fuller details of settlement operation, especially particulars of the operation of settlement farms, are contained in a report published in 1971 by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning. This valuable report (Appraisal Report) came at a time when some social cost-benefit studies of settlement schemes, with which the author was involved, were nearing completion. These studies were based in part on the same data source. The present paper comments on the Appraisal Report and brings together information in the report and other available data to compare features of settlement planning with the way schemes worked out in practice. Ref., notes, tables.

Title: Benefits of hindsight: aspects of experience in the high and low density settlement programmes in Kenya
Author: MacArthur, J.D.
Year: 1975
Periodical: Eastern Africa Journal of Rural Development
Volume: 8
Issue: 1-2
Pages: 1-44
Language: English
Geographic term: Kenya
Subject: development projects
Abstract: During the early and middle 1960’s, the most important developments in Kenya’s rural sector were the land-transfer programmes administered by the Department of Settlement. Among these programmes the High and Low Density programmes are the best known, and most important. The progress reports on these two similar and parallel programmes, and other publications covering their aspects, are not wholly suitable to present information for finer analysis. Fuller details of settlement operation, especially particulars of the operation of settlement farms, are contained in a report published in 1971 by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning. This valuable report (Appraisal Report) came at a time when some social cost-benefit studies of settlement schemes, with which the author was involved, were nearing completion. These studies were based in part on the same data source. The present paper comments on the Appraisal Report and brings together information in the report and other available data to compare features of settlement planning with the way schemes worked out in practice. Ref., notes, tables.

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