"Addis Ababa Cycling Association” initiated, following GEF SUSTRAN training in Addis Abeba

Kampala-41Except of very few positive examples, bicycles are not part of the cityscapes of Africa's booming urban areas. Addis Ababa, Kampala and Nairobi – the three capital cities of Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia which are supported by the UN-HABITAT funded SUSTRAN project in their efforts to implement sustainable urban transport – are no difference. Cycling facilities in Kampala and Nairobi are almost nonexistent and the few cyclists on the roads compete for space with motorized transport. Still, bicycles in Addis Ababa are even less common than in the SUSTRAN partner cities. 

 

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SUSTRAN Forum and Regional Workshop conducted in Nairobi, Kenya.

IMG 0118Jointly organized by UN-Habitat and GIZ, the first SUSTRAN Forum and Regional Workshop were held in Nairobi, Kenya on October 30th and 31st. Each of the events attracted 30 participants.

The Forum and Regional Workshop included participants from regional governments and authorities from the three partner cities Nairobi, Kampala and Addis Ababa, as well as from UN-Habitat, UNEP, GIZ and the international consultants TRL and ITDP. To complement the partner cities' work on their BRT demonstration corridors, stakeholders from Dar-es-Salaam, Lagos and Johannesburg attended the forum to share information about their BRT projects in order to facilitate an exchange of knowledge.

While on October 30th the Forum was used as a regional platform to exchange information and experiences related to the SUSTRAN Project, the Regional Workshop on October 31st contributed towards identifying and solving current challenges in the three partner cities. The Regional Workshop specifically focused on integrated "MRT planning", "BRT business planning & industry transition" as well as "integrated planning, institutions, and transit associations" as key steps towards sustainable urban transport.

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Outcomes of the International Symposium “Sustainable Transport in Africa” on October 6th, 2014, in Berlin

African, European and German experts as well as representatives from politics, economics, the finance sector, civil society, and from the diplomatic corps did thoroughly exchange ideas about the challenges in the African transport sector, possibilities for the development of sustainable transport systems and finance solutions.

The following video presents some of the input and gives an impression of the event. Please follow this link on the Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42NplXAyzBE&list=UUfXAoHg7L9Y_RmiUqMcZr7A

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and the President of the Republic of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta today addressed the 1st Ministerial and Experts Conference on Sustainable Transport in Africa

Today the 1st Ministerial and Experts Conference on Sustainable Transport in Africa (please see agenda) which at the same time is the first conference of the African Sustainable Transport Forum (ASTF) and which takes place in Nairobi has been addressed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, the President of the Republic of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. They all highlighted the key role of sustainable transport to achieve national and international development, environmental, health and climate targets.

In parallel and to foster regional networking GIZ is organising two events, forum and regional workshop, which are taking place on October 30th and 31st within the "Promoting Sustainable Transport Solutions for East African Cities" (SUSTRAN) project.

Design of the Phase I BRT corridor in Nairobi

ITDP has been invited by the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) and UN-HABITAT to provide technical assistance for the design of the Phase I BRT corridor in Nairobi, Kenya. In this context, a basic service plan concept for the Phase I BRT corridor has been provided to KeNHA. The basic service plan is based on an in-depth data collection survey which has been carried out by ITDP with the assistance of University of Nairobi students. The survey was conducted between October 2013 and February 2014.

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33 representatives from 11 different African countries participated in Training on "The Role of Sustainable Urban Transport in the Framework of African Cities"

Jointly organized by the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), the regional Programm CoMun (GIZ) and the Sector project Transport Policy Advisory Services (GIZ) (IRU), the training on "The Role of Sustainable Urban Transport in the Framework of African Cities" attracted 33 decision-makers from 11 African countries. The workshop was held from 23th-25th of October in Rabat, Morocco.

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FABIO - African Institute for Sustainable Transport and Development Solutions

First African Bicycle information (FABIO) now rebranded as African Institute for Sustainable Transport and Development Solutions is playing a leading role in advocacy for sustainable transport addressing especially non-motorized transport in Uganda and elsewhere. In June 2013 FABIO signed a contract with UN-HABITAT to play a role in the SUSTRAN project Kampala. FABIO’s role focuses on two components that is (1) assist government in developing stakeholders engagement and communication strategy and (2) implementing stakeholder engagement activities. 

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