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Transport Governance Indicators for Sub-Saharan Africa

Good governance or the lack of it has been a concern of transport sector policy makers and stakeholders for decades. The sector is a major contributor to poverty reduction and economic growth where billions of dollars have been spent on improving and rehabilitating transport infrastructure. However, despite this considerable investment and much associated effort to build supportive technical, financial and management capability, performance continues to lag behind expectation. “Poor governance” is often cited as an underlying reason, a concept that encompasses a range of shortcomings from weak leadership to outright corruption. This recent work by SSATP on transport governance indicators provides a tool not only for countries to measure governance in the sector but to monitor results on actions taken.  

Published:Nov 2012

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The Soft Side of BRT: Lessons from 5 Developing Countries

The Soft Side of BRT: Lessons from 5 Developing Countries This publication is based on an extensive review of the literature, interviews with stakeholders, and analysis of primary data to document lessons from the BRT experience in Jakarta, Indonesia; Lagos, Nigeria; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Delhi and Ahmedabad, India.   

Published:Nov 2012

Rural transport : Improving its Contribution to Growth and Poverty Reduction in Sub-Saharan Africa

The paper provides a framework that will help policy makers in Africa to move from stand-alone rural transport policies to comprehensive and integrated policies, positioning rural transport within the framework of rural development, and ensuring strong linkages with other key sectors. Of particular emphasis is the linkage between rural transport with actions to improve agricultural productivity, rural growth and poverty reduction. This paper has been developed from analytical work using lessons from experience in Africa and other continents.

Published:Oct 2012

Author:George Banjo, Henry Gordon, John Riverson

Progress Report January-June 2012

This latest progress report contains important information for all SSATP's stakeholders and partners related to the current activities of the Program for 2012 and its future , in particular the revised results framework and the roadmap for the renewal of the Program.

Published:Jun 2012


SSATP Annual Report 2011

Changes in the Board of SSATP and the Management Team in 2011 provide the opportunity to initiate a new phase in the Second Development Plan of SSATP in tune with the developments in the transport sector in Africa. The 2011 Annual Report sets the ground and provides strategic orientations for a more responsive and a better adapted Program and the preparation of a Third Development Plan.

Published:Feb 2012

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Progress on Commercialized Road Management in Sub-Saharan Africa

Until this wide-ranging study to assess progress on road management practices, no in-depth review of the performance of Road Authorities and Road Agencies has been carried out. Important lessons can be learnt from this work and notably that progress in commercialization of road management practices can only be described as "a road partially travelled".

Published:Dec 2011

Author:Michael Ian Pinard
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Gazing into the mirror II - Se regarder dans le miroir II

This second volume of Gazing into the Mirror presents the results of the bold and original reform process initiated in 2009 to modernize the Cameroon Customs Administration and to instill a radically new culture within it. The objective is to facilitate trade and fight against fraud and bad practices. At the heart of this process are performance contracts signed between the Director General of Custom (co-author of the book) and Customs officers.

Published:Nov 2011

Author:Minette Libom Li Likeng, Marcellin Djeuwo, Samson Bilangna

SSATP 1987-2011

Since its launch in 1987, the Program has greatly evolved while remaining faithful to its mandate of putting the transport sector in the forefront of development. Africa has greatly grown too - in many ways, due to its better transport strategies, better transport infrastructure financing and maintenance, better logistics along its road and rail corridors. To learn more about SSATP and how it has been instrumental in this evolution, please read our bilingual SSATP 1987-2011 feature

Published:Jun 2011

Author:John Bruce Thompson

Emerging Good Practice in Overload Control in Eastern and Southern Africa

This third volume on overload control presents the case studies carried out in Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Botswana. They all offer a different but complementary approach to tackle the problem of overload, ranging from cooperation in designing overload control system to private operation of weighbridges or decriminalization of overload control program.

Published:Apr 2011

Author:Michael Ian Pinard

Understanding the emerging role of motorcycle in African cities

This publication discusses the growth in the use of commercial motorcyles in sub-Saharan cities as a manifestation of the inability to address the delivery of urban transport services. This paper reveals a paradoxical situation where taxi motorcycles are more expensive than the lowest bus fares and yet are increasingly used by the poor.

Published:Mar 2011

Author:Ajay Kumar
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Annual Report 2010

The Annual Report for the year 2010

Published:Dec 2010

SSATP Annual Meeting 2010 -- Kampala, Uganda

Published:Dec 2010

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SSATP Annual Meeting 2010 -- Kampala Uganda

The Annual Meeting 2010 took place in Kampala, Uganda last October and was conducted under the theme Moving Africa forward: transport policies for growth & integration.

Published:Nov 2010

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The Dakar Bus Renewal Scheme

This publication recounts the story of the renovation of the Dakar bus transportation system and the financial and leasing mechanism behind this successful project which started in 2002 at the initiative of the international Development Association (IDA).

Published:Apr 2010

Author:Ajay Kumar and Christian Diou
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Overload Control Practices in Eastern and Southern Africa

In this second volume, the author presents some important findings and recommendations following from a survey conducted by regional economic communities, international bodies, private sector associations and country experts, all playing a central part in the success of efforts to control vehicle overload in the region. This paper is one of the most comprehensive assessment of the situation and is therefore a valuable resource for policy makers and practitioners.

Published:Mar 2010

Author:Michael Ian Pinard

Guidelines on Vehicle Overload Control in Eastern and Southern Africa

Endemic overloading of commercial vehicles has led to the deterioration of roads in most Sub-Saharan African countries. Unless the problem is taken seriously, there is no doubt that it will negate the benefits expected from the vast resources invested in road infrastructure improvements. All the sub-regions in Africa are keen to identify effective solutions. As a contribution to this effort, the SSATP has worked with some of the regional economic communities, individual countries and the private sector to compile a set of guidelines. These guidelines are based on lessons learnt from experiences in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe where good practices are emerging.

Published:Feb 2010

Author:Michael Ian Pinard
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Annual Report 2009

The Annual Report for the year 2009

Published:Dec 2009

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SSATP Annual Meeting 2009 -- Lilongwe, Malawi

Published:Dec 2009

A Framework for a Pro-growth, Pro-poor transport Strategies

The purpose of this framework document or guidance note is to highlight possible options for the formulation of a pro-growth, pro-poor transport strategy (PGPTS), an essential instrument to promote the transport sector as a key role to facilitate economic growth and poverty reduction. The paper defines the principal elements of a PGPTS and identifies interventions that allow transport to play this facilitation role.

Published:Sep 2009

Author:Tesfamichael Nahusenay Mitiku

The Chirundu Border Post

This paper presents the findings of an initiative undertaken by the SSATP and its regional partners to monitor transit performance along the North-South corridor, a major trade corridor. Based on the extensive data collection exercise carried out along the corridor, the Chirundu border post, between Zambia and Zimbabwe, was identified as one of the key impediments to the smooth flow of traffic, and it was therefore decided that it would be the pilot one-stop border post created for the Southern African region. The document is very valuable as it sheds useful light on the causes and magnitude of the long transit times experienced at the Chirundu border.

Published:Aug 2009

Author:Barney Curtis
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