Data improve governance by increasing transparency and accountability. Adequate and reliable data are necessary to underpin policy decisions and to measure their effectiveness. However, in Africa few Transport Sector Data Management Systems (TSDMS) are established by transport agencies based on internal demand. As a result, there is a wide perception that high-level policy decisions in the transport sector are not taken based on evidence supported by actual data.
Addressing the infrastructure gap in Africa, in particular in transport, has contributed to put in place the foundation for accelerating economic growth. These efforts are indeed bearing fruits, especially in terms of improved accessibility and connectivity – new areas are getting opened up and communities are getting better connected to services. This notwithstanding, the price of transport services in Africa is still one of the highest, the quality of services is overall poor and modern transport logistics is in general lacking.
De plus en plus, les systèmes de logistique reposent sur l’échange d’informations entre opérateurs et organes de contrôle le long de la chaîne d’approvisionnement, dans et entre chaque pays, anticipant les formalités administratives pour accélérer le mouvement physique des marchandises. L’information doit impérativement être disponible au bon moment pour optimiser les opérations de logistique.
A monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system is an essential element of the planning, design and implementation of rural transport projects and is useful in assessing whether projects achieve their strategic and development objectives. However, tracking results and being able to use them for future planning is a big challenge for developing and improving rural transport in Africa. There is a lack of evidence on both the development impacts of rural transport improvements and more importantly the benefits they bring to the rural poor.
Les infrastructures de transport demeurent essentielles dans l’optique d’une croissance inclusive et de la réduction de la pauvreté, mais les investissements consentis et leur entretien ne peuvent atteindre les résultats escomptés tant que la continuité de la chaîne des transports ne sera pas assurée. L’harmonisation des normes, opérations et processus est donc fondamentale pour faciliter le transport et le commerce international et éliminer les barrières à l’entrée des marchés.
Transport infrastructure is essential for inclusive growth and poverty reduction but the investments in building and maintaining it remain sub-optimal as long as the movement of goods is not seamless across countries and (sub)regions. Harmonized standards, operations and processes are critical to facilitate international transport and trade and to eliminate market access barriers. Many countries negotiate international treaties or become parties to existing instruments in order to eliminate such barriers and achieve better regional integration.
Rural transport services are often inadequate. Passenger and goods transport needs improving to stimulate rural economies and reduce poverty. Understanding existing rural transport systems and constraining factors is a precondition for appropriate policy action. The Sub-Saharan Africa Transport Policy Program (SSATP) commissioned a study to develop and test a methodology for the rapid assessment of rural transport systems.
The 2007 annual report which marks the end of the Long Term Development Plan (LTDP) that started in 2004. Over the past four years, Sub-Saharan Africa Transport Policy Program (SSATP) has become the lead program in facilitating transport policy dialogue and development among non-transport and transport sector stakeholders.
This paper presents the methodological lessons of several corridor performance measurement carried out in Africa. Based on current experience, the authors conclude that while road drovers'trip questionnaires may be useful, the core of monitoring activities should mostly rely on existing consolidated data (customs and port data) or limited surveys (freight forwarders, major trucking companies, truckers and transport unions), to benchmark corridor performance.
This user guide gives an overview of selected tools for road infrastructure management, and explains how they can assist road authorities and contribute to road management. It captures, in a single document, important features of these tools, scattered around in various documents and on various websites.