SSATP Working Paper No.35

The World Bank's role in Sub-Saharan Africa's urban transport sub-sector has evolved in the last few years. Recent projects concerned specifically with urban transport (e.g., in Ghana, Kenya, and Senegal), are based on a comprehensive approach to urban mobility issues. Indeed, apart from the traditional components concerned with urban infrastructure works or road construction, these projects take into account such factors as: (a) the role of the local authorities; (b) the strengthening of local human resources; (c) the institutional reform; (d) the integration of non-motorized traffic; (e) the participation in the project preparation process by the main stakeholders in the system; (f) road safety measures for pedestrians, (g) a concern about the impact of motorized transport on air pollution, and (h) an enhanced but regulated private sector role in the supply of transport services. Such an evolution has been achieved through a combination of (a) sector dialogue including the participation of all major stakeholders, (b) the overall application of a regional approach to exchange information, disseminate best results and compare experiences, and (c) the contribution of the Donors community to the program. This comprehensive approach pursued by the SSATP and the partnership with African Authorities have contributed to pave the way for a sustainable development of urban transport services in Sub-Saharan Africa cities.

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Aug 1998
Patrick Bultynck