Urban Tanzania

The urban research site is located in Dar es Salaam City, Temeke Municipality, Ward Mbagala. 

The study approach consists of four separate but consecutive research steps. The first step is the mapping of inter-national and national actors, whereas the second step comprises a community study. Within this community, 50 households will be randomly selected (third step), and out of this household study, 25 elderly people will be selected for the age cohort study (fourth step). In order to capture urban-rural dynamics such as actual migration, flow of support and information as to care schemes, we focus in our study sample mainly on elderly people who were born in Rufiji District. Qualitative research methodology will be applied, such as observation, interviews, and group discussions, and complemented with quantitative data.

Research Objectives

  • To investigate how people perceive, judge and represent old age and the ageing process.
  • To identify household composition and care relationship of elderly people and compare their social network and economic environment.
  • To look into resources and capacities of elderly people, which strenghten their resilience regarding care provision.
  • To explore the significance of rural-urban relations for elderly people and their family.
  • To find out the role and burden of older caregivers.
  • To assess nature and priority of (health) care improvements for elderly people from an emic and etic perspective.