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The bridge, the fund and insurance in Dar es Salaam
Irmelin Joelsson

This chapter conceptualises the broad scope of repertoires manoeuvring economic governance through anticipation as ‘popular insurance’ by exploring hedging strategies in Dar es Salaam, a city where access to social security is highly constrained, public goods are scarce, yet insurance is brokered. Drawing on eighteen months of fieldwork, including three months interning with a Tanzanian social insurance fund, the chapter suggests a tripartite relational model for exploring the ways in which the infrastructures of a bridge in central Dar es Salaam interface with the financial infrastructures of the ‘modernising’ nascent welfare state, mediated by the cultural calculation of risk. By doing so the chapter shows that insurance is a practised infrastructure enacted by different actors in the city, where the notion of risk might have multiple meanings and be negotiated on different levels and timescales.

in African cities and collaborative futures