TT23 Session 7 - Paratransit Capacity Building Programs:  Leveraging paratransit professionalization to decarbonize the transport sector in developing countries

Urban Transport & Mobility


March 15, 2023 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST 

Professionalization of paratransit bus services through fleet renewal and operational improvements is key to decarbonizing urban mobility in many developing cities. This requires engagement processes to build the trust and skills of informal bus owners and drivers through purposely designed capacity development programs. However, processes to integrate paratransit operators are both critically important and highly complex in nature.
As part of Transforming Transportation 2023 (TT23), this session presented perspectives on paratransit improvement with a focus on the African continent. It explored the role of data in facilitating the engagement and inclusion of paratransit in urban transport planning. It also presented the experience of paratransit capacity building and improvement programs conducted in Eastern and Southern African cities.

  • Sergio Oliete Josa (Moderator), SSATP Executive Committee Member and Team Leader / Head of Sector, Transport, Infrastructure, Directorate-General for INTPA, European Commission
  • Jacqueline M. Klopp, Director, Center for Sustainable Urban Development, Earth Institute, Climate School, Columbia University (Download Presentation)
  • Iman A. Abubaker, Urban Mobility Project Manager, WRI Africa (Download Presentation)
  • Amanda Ngabirano, Chairperson, National Physical Planning Board-Uganda, and Independent Chairperson of the Kampala Paratransit Consultative Forum, Uganda
  • Nangamso Matebese, Principal Project and Infrastructure Finance Professional, Development Bank of Southern Africa (Download Presentation)