Prof Mitullah Attends Africa Transport Policy Program Meeting

Date and time: 
Wed, 2018-02-07 09:32

IDS Director Prof Winnie Mitullah participated in Africa Transport Policy Program (SSATP) meeting held in Washington DC , USA. The program will lead to the establishment of a research network of African universities and promote evidence-based transport policies and strategies.  

Africa is facing three urgent transport challenges: (i) highest rate of road fatalities in the world; (ii) an unprecedented growth rate of urbanization; and (iii) highest transport costs in the world. Over the next 25 years, an additional 500 million people will live in African cities, yet many of these cities are ill-equipped to provide safe, reliable and sustainable transport for all.

SSATP, an international partnership that aims to facilitate policy development and related capacity-building in the transport sector in Africa, is hosted by the World Bank Group.  The Program, in association with the World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS) and the World Research Institute (WRI), aims at addressing the above challenges and unleash the transport research potential within institutions.

This initiative was launched on January 12th, 2018 during the session, “Promoting Research and the African Universities Network”, at the Transforming Transportation Forum in Washington, DC. A letter of intent was signed by officials of the World Bank, the World Research Institute (WRI), the World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS), the University of Nairobi (UoN), the University of Dar es Salam (UoDS), the University of Johannesburg (UoJ), the University of Dakar (UCAD), and the Institut National Polytechnique de Yamoussoukro (INP HB).

All the parties involved will sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) before end of June 2018 that would provide the groundfor developing cooperative research activities (joint research, exchange and joint training programs) in the African transport sector to further develop the research potential of African universities and strengthen institutional capacity at  continental level.

This cooperation agreement will offer a unique chance for the creation, development and centralization of transport research on the African continent. This platform will provide support for African countries to develop sound policies and strategies that will lead to efficient, safe and sustainable transport.

SSATP is an international partnership of over 40 African countries, Regional Economic Communities, continental institutions (African Union Commission), UN agencies (United Nations Economic Commission for Africa), public and private sector organizations, and international development agencies and organizations.

The program is funded by the European Commission, French Development Agency, African Development Bank and Swiss Secretariat of Economic Cooperation and hosted by the World Bank’s Transport and ICT Global Practice. For more information on the SSATP, please visit www.ssatp.org

Prof. Mitullah (fourth right) at SSATP round-table panel in Washington, DC.

Expiry Date: 
Fri, 2019-02-08 09:32
Contact Person: 

Prof. Winnie Mitullah Email: mitullahwinnie@gmail.com

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