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Mobility & Access in Cities

VREF launched the Mobility and Access in African Cities (MAC) Program in 2019. The purpose of MAC is to increase the knowledge and capacity base on equitable and sustainable mobility and access in cities in sub-Saharan Africa, in order to contribute to medium and long-term structural innovation and change.

The MAC program seeks to contribute to forming a new generation of highly skilled sub-Saharan university researchers and teachers, as well as to engage professionals, policy makers and actors within civil society who are committed to achieving the goals of sustainable and equitable urban mobility and access. Leading international experts can also contribute to the program through collaborative research projects with their sub-Saharan African counterparts.

Within its geographical focus area, the intended outcomes of the MAC program are:

  1. Increased capacity for research and education in urban access and mobility.
  2. New locally situated and cross-disciplinary knowledge that can provide solutions and innovation for urban mobility and access.
  3. Knowledge that is communicated and reaches through to public decision-makers, business managers, opinion leaders, students, media and other agents of change.

The program encompasses six core themes that have strong relevance for achieving sustainable and equitable urban mobility and access in sub-Saharan Africa:

  • Theme 1: User Needs and Practices, Equity Issues
  • Theme 2: Governance, Politics, Institutions and Finance
  • Theme 3: Emerging Business Models and Service Options
  • Theme 4: Safety, Health and the Urban Environment
  • Theme 5: System Design and Modal Integration
  • Theme 6: Analytical Tools

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Call for Project Proposals Pdf, 402.9 kB.

Deadline: 15 September 2022


- Fourth Call for Research Proposals Pdf, 1.3 MB.

Closed: 1 September 2022


- Catalysing Curriculum Change at Universities in SSA 2022 Pdf, 1.3 MB.

Deadline extended to 1 Nov. 2022


Deadline: 31 October 2022

MOBILITY GRANT 2022- MAC-MG 2022 Pdf, 447.1 kB.

Deadline: 31 October 2022

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Global Mobility Research

This Meeting of the Minds' blog monthly releases interviews of global transportation researchers from the VREF's Future Urban Transport Program Network.


This CityFix series, produced by the WRI (World Ressources Institute) Ross Center for Sustainable Cities and supported by the VREF, discusses walking and cycling in cities with a special focus on low- and middle-income countries.

About VREF

The Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF) inspires, initiates and supports research and educational activities through the Future Urban Transport Programme - How to deal with the complexity of urban transport (FUT). 

Our Vision: Sustainable transport for equitable access in urban areas


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