Promoting Sustainable Urban Mobility in Western Africa – Regional Workshop in Dakar

Promoting Sustainable Urban Mobility in Western Africa – Regional Workshop in Dakar

On 24/25th of October 2017, an interactive workshop in Dakar/Senegal hosted by CETUD, Islamic Development Bank and GIZ-SUTP explored features of sustainable mobility and land-use planning and dived into the particularities of African cities.

The director of cabinet of the Senegalese Ministry of Infrastructure, Land Transport, and Access, Mamadou Ibrahima Lô, opened the workshop and put its objectives into the wider perspective of the Senegalese development plan “Le Sénégal Emergent”. Musa Sillah – Director of the IsDB Regional Office – welcomed the participants and highlighted the role of sustainable mobility in the context of urbanization. Further, Dr. Amadou BA, Président of CETUD welcomed the participants on behalf of the Dakar Transport Authority CETUD. Armin Wagner, head of the Sustainable Urban transport Project at GIZ, briefly introduced the 10 principles of urban transport.

The workshop started with an insightful keynote presentation on urban mobility in Dakar by Thierno Aw General Director of CETUD, which introduced the recent achievements and current plans of the city, notably the construction of the regional express train as well as the construction of the BRT system and their structuring effects on city expansion. Afterwards, the lead experts, Dr. Julien Allaire and Pablo Salazar Ferro/TRANSITEC, took the participants through on exciting journey covering land-use planning and transport, transit-oriented development (TOD), the role of informal transport in African cities and the promotion of high-quality mass transit systems. Dario Hidalgo/WRI gave a short input on selection criteria for public transport solutions.

Mr. Mohamed Kuganda/Chief Operations Officer of UDART (Dar es Salam/Tanzania) highlighted the impressive growth of transport demand in Dar, which was until recently only served by the informal sector. Therefore, the decision to set up a BRT system was a major step forward which will help to increase accessibility  and support the economic growth of Dar es Salam in the next decades. Mr. Kuganda explained the whole planning process and emphasized the importance of inclusion of private operators in operation to avoid social disturbances and to honor their role in service provision in the past decades.

In a group work session, the international participants reported from their local contexts and the projects they are working on. During the discussions, it became clear that aspects such as the social dimension of car ownership, the link between land use, urban density and transport development in African cities and the peculiarities of governance need to be taken into account. Further, striking the right balance between private and city-/government services remains a challenge – the complete liberalization in the past decades limited the ability of governments to offer attractive services and to shape urban development.  

During a site visit, the participants appreciated the progress of the construction of the new regional express train (TER) as well as the planning and construction of the new administrative and residential center Diamniadio in the outskirts of Dakar which seeks to integrate NMT and Public Transport infrastructure.

More than 50 participants including representatives form national and local governments from 11 countries- Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon and Tanzania- attended the two days event.

The participants of the regional workshop in Dakar


Download the Agenda (FR | EN)


Presentations of the trainers:

Keynote presentation on urban mobility in Dakar (FR)

Setting the scene: Land use planning and public transport (FR | EN)

Zooming in: Public transport in African cities (FR | EN)

Alternative analysis of mass transit options (FR | EN)

Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) (FR | EN)

Integrating informal transport into high quality public transport (FR | EN)

Case Study: BRT in Dar es Salaam (FR | EN)

Case study: New urban development center Diamniadio (FR)


Presentations of the participants:

Abidjan BRT| Abidjan Gare Routière | Abuja | Bamako | Bobo-Dioulasso | Coutounou | Libreville | Lomé | Niamey | Yaoundé 


About the partnership of IsDB and GIZ:

The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) are working together to improve urban transport world-wide. The cooperation includes jointly organized training workshops, joint reports such as “Big Cities – Big Challenges: Sustainable Urban Transport across Major Middle East and North African Cities” and the development of projects.




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