Discovering Sustainable Urban Transport in Southern Africa
About 30 transport planners from five southern African countries discussed ways to implement Sustainable Urban Transport in the region during the Transformative Urban Mobility’s (TUMI) workshop “Discover Sustainable Urban Transport” in Windhoek, Namibia, from 27 to 30 November 2017.
The aim of the workshop was to make new perspectives on Sustainable Urban Transport visible in southern Africa and to exchange views, experiences, challenges as well as solutions of fellow transport planners from Southern Africa.
Energized by sessions on topics such as the principles of SUMPs, BRT, NMT, Transport Management, Regulation or Financing, the transport planners from cities such as Lusaka, Mzuzu, Lilongwe or Cape Town expressed their will to keep the momentum for ongoing engagement in the field.
Written results from the evaluation of the workshop reaffirm positive experiences: 90% of participants conveyed that they will apply what they learned during the event and 70% of participants believed their attendance at the event strengthened their capacity to act. When asked what the first steps would be to implement sustainable transport approaches after the event in their respective cities, participants expressed their motivation e.g. to conduct surveys on the demand of routes in their cities, enforcing or revising feasibility studies and urban mobility plans or establishing a Transportation Planning Unit at city or municipal level. Overall, it was the topics of NMT and BRT, Transport Authorities and Financing which were of particular importance to the participants during the workshop.
“I could see huge benefit collaborating with the other organizations to increase the number of opportunities for such events.” said workshop trainer Girma Tessema after the event. With this, the pillar leader in the Africa Transport Policy Program in Urban Transport and Mobility (SSATP) highlighted the value of the close cooperation of the six international experts e.g. from the World Bank Group, the Union Africaine des Transports Publics (UATP) and WhereIsMyTransport, who supported the workshop as trainers and resource persons.
It was the first workshop of its kind in the region to support cities in southern Africa, which are facing considerable challenges in meeting the mobility demands of their citizens. The event was jointly organized by the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH project “Transport, Mobility, Logistics”, the Namibian Ministry for Works and Transport and the City of Windhoek.