Integrated development planning in Zambia: Ideological lens, theoretical underpinnings, current practices, views of the planners,
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Development Southern Africa, 39:3, 338-353, DOI: 10.1080/0376835X.2020.1868289
Three years after promulgating the Urban and Regional Planning Act (3 of 2015), municipalities in Zambia are still struggling to formulate Integrated Development Plans (IDPs). Based on documents review and interviews with 81 key informants, purposefully and snowballing selected, this paper documents the theoretical underpinnings, historic perspectives, current practices and motivation for introducing IDP concept in Zambia. A mixed method research design with grounded theory approach was applied to the study. The study found that the current Integrated Development Planning concept as used in Zambia is not home-grown but emanates from the west. It is highly influenced by the neo liberal developmental theory, traces of the 1947 British colonial, spatial development planning theoretical orientations, and the proximity to the new South African municipality IDP model. Lack of detailed guidelines on IDP is also impending the formulating of IDPs by many municipalities in Zambia.