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Achieving Equitable Sustainable Mobility and Access in Sub-Saharan Africa: an overview of the state of knowledge

VREF has commissioned position papers within 5 of the 6 core themes. The purpose of these papers is to provide an overview of current knowledge on issues related to mobility and access in Sub-Saharan African (SSA) cities, as well as to inform VREF and researchers in Sub-Saharan Africa in developing a research agenda in this area.

Each position paper has been written by a team of leading experts with SSA university-based research experience in the respective areas.
The key findings and messages of each position paper are summarised in this booklet.

The five papers are:

  • Title: User diversity and mobility practices in Sub-Saharan African cities: understanding the needs of vulnerable populations
  • Authors: Gina Porter, Durham University with Albert Abane, University of Cape Coast and Karen Lucas, University of Leeds

  • Title: Governing mobility in Sub-Saharan African cities
  • Authors: Liza Cirolia, University of Cape Town with Jesse Harber, Gauteng City-Region Observatory and Sylvia Croese, University of Cape Town

  • Title: Emerging business models and service options in the shared transport sector in African cities
  • Authors: Herrie Schalekamp, University of Cape Town with Simon Saddier, Transitec Consulting Engineers

  • Title: Road traffic injury and transport-related air quality in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Authors: Geetam Tiwari, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi with Olive Kobusingye, Makerere University, Mark Zuidgeest, University of Cape Town, Meleckidzedeck Khayesi, WHO, Winnie Mitullah, University of Nairobi, and Dinesh Mohan, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

  • Title: Public transport system design and modal integration in Sub-Saharan African cities
  • Authors: Christo Venter, University of Pretoria, with Mark Zuidgeest, University of Cape Town, Namatirai Cheure, University of Pretoria, and Ian Barrett, Independent Consultant)

The papers can be loaded following the link below or from the listed documents from the right column (Summary and Positions papers)

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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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