Let’s use the Resource Center

Africa is in a historic phase of rapid city building. It is creating transport infrastructure and systems that will shape the continent far into the future. Making these “safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all” (SDG 11) is fundamental to livable, productive, low carbon and healthy African cities and generating access to opportunities and services that cities provide.

Most African cities currently rely on some form of semi-formal transport, often minibuses, dominated by fragmented private operators. These mobility systems provide a dynamic service for all, at no cost for the municipality. But these services also bring a host of challenges to cities including congestion, pollution and poor road safety. We think the solution to these challenges is not to fight against these operators but rather leverage technology and work with them to upgrade their services.

Digital technologies are a tremendous opportunity to create public transport data that is currently missing for planning integrated public transport and passenger information systems.

In Paris in November 2017, AFD gathered a group of tech innovators, academics and policymakers who use technology to create data and improve mobility and access in African cities. The objective was to create an open and collaborative platform and digital commons to

  • Scale up these efforts
  • Leverage power of standards
  • Improve cost efficiency of data collection
  • Enable data sovereignty (vs. data dependency).

We support open public transport data, open-source tools and knowledge, and sharing and building together. With this, the DigitalTransport4Africa Resource Center was born.

This version is a Beta Version and we plan to be upgrade and continue to build this site adding future initiatives and new contributions from our growing community. Please feel free to contact and join us!