Millions of Africans are unable to reach jobs, schools, and health care because they cannot afford basic transportation. The Access Africa Project has allowed thousands of Africans the opportunity to get a better job, obtain a good education, and arrive at a health clinic in time.
Currently, ITDP’s Access Africa program is partnering with BEN Namibia, to empower Namibians through the provision of sustainable transport and bicycle-related income generation opportunities. For more information on BEN Namibia see their website here.
ITDP’s work promoting non-motorised transport goes beyond bicycles and demonstration projects, and includes policy development. ITDP is currently developing national and local-level walking and cycling strategies and policies across four countries:
- Ethiopia. Walking and public transport are the dominant forms of mobility in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, making up an estimated 85 percent of trips. To improve conditions for pedestrians and cyclists, the Addis Ababa Road and Transport Bureau (AARTB), with support from ITDP and with funding from UN-Habitat and UN Environment, is developing an NMT Strategy for the city. The NMT strategy aims to lay the foundations for a more equitable, sustainable and inclusive approach to street design, building design, and network planning. ITDP also is working with the Ministry of Transport to develop a national-level NMT Strategy to guide the provision of high-quality infrastructure and enforcement practices for pedestrians, cyclists, and disabled road users across Ethiopia.
- Ghana. ITDP has been engaged to provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Transport to develop an NMT Strategy for Ghanaian cities under the auspices of UN Environment’s Share the Road programme. The strategy development process incorporates field surveys to assess existing conditions for NMT users and institutional consultation to promote stakeholder engagement.
- Nigeria. Through the support of UN Environment’s Share the Road program, ITDP has been supporting the Federal Ministry of Transport to create a Non-Motorised Transport (NMT) Policy to guide the implementation of transport systems that prioritise the needs of pedestrians and cyclists. ITDP is also working at the local level with the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) to develop a NMT Policy for Lagos state.
- Zambia. Zambia, a landlocked country in southern Africa, is home to over 16 million people. It is one of the most urbanized countries in Africa, with 44 percent of the population concentrated around a few major cities in the south-central and northwest of the country: Lusaka, the capital, and the Copperbelt Province, a major economic hub. The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) is developing an NMT Strategy for Zambia with support from UN Environment and ITDP. Building on Zambia’s National Transport Policy, the strategy will lay out a clear roadmap for government action to improve the walking and cycling environment and catalyse greater investment in NMT.