The Incorporation of Rural Kebeles in to Urban Areas as a Mechanism of Creating Urban-rural Linkage in Bahirdar: The Case of Tis Abay and Meshenti

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Addis Ababa University


Ethiopian federal urban policy (2013) basically provides directions for urban development. Since the fate of urban development is determined by rural development, carrying out healthy rural-urban linkage is paramount important. When there is genuine rural-urban linkage, the urban areas would get agricultural products, excess labor, and land for investment and urban expansion. Similarly, the rural-areas would benefit from amenities of urban areas such as infrastructure, municipal services, educated manpower etc. The central issue of this study is to investigate whether rural-urban linkage, particularly incorporating of rural kebeles in to Bahirdar has achieved or is likely to achieve the desired outcome. It does so based on the case study rural kebeles, in particular Tis abay and Meshenti that are incorporated in to Bahirdar city administration. The study argues that rural-urban linkage which created by the regional proclamation did not adequately achieve its desired outcome. This was mainly because of weak implementation of urban policy, lack of finance, area difficulty to administer (distance), the existence of other surrounding administration between the main city and incorporated areas, absence of vocal representatives of incorporated areas. As a result, the incorporation of the towns was not and is unlikely to achieve the desired result if the process goes the same way. This paper, therefore, recommends that institutional arrangement be made to administer the issue well and insure healthy and genuine rural-urban linkage.



rural-urban linkage, incorporation, governance, service delivery.