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23 November 2022

DigitalTransport4Africa (DT4A) Webinar Series: Data Collection Efforts in Informal Transportation & Shared Mobility Around the World

REGISTER December 07, 2022 – 9 – 10am EST – Online The DigitalTransport4Africa (DT4A) Webinar Series is a monthly webinar organized by WRI Africa and Global with DT4A […]
27 October 2022

Highlighting the work of Digital Transport for Africa (DT4A) at the Sustainable Mobility and Climate Week 2022

Dakar, Senegal  The Week for Sustainable Mobility and Climate, organized by the CODATU Association, CETUD and the Climate Chance Association took place on 3rd to 7th […]
6 October 2022

Public Transport Challenges in Africa: Mapping and Transit Data as a Remedy

Commuters waiting for the next bus desperately around Meskel Square – the city centre of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Photo by Agraw Ali   Long queues for […]
26 September 2022

DigitalTransport4Africa (DT4A) at Sustainable Mobility and Climate Week 2022

[Cross posted from WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities]   The Week for Sustainable Mobility and Climate, organized by the CODATU Association, CETUD and the Climate […]
13 September 2022

DT4A Capacity-building training sessions in Kumasi, Ghana

Kumasi, Ghana DT4A project, in collaboration with a project partner, Transport for Cairo (TfC), organized a two-day capacity-building training at Royal Lamerta hotel, Kumasi on August […]
8 August 2022

DT4A at The National Symposium On Road Safety 2022 – Kampala, Uganda

Kampala, Uganda Orgnaised by Makerere University School of Public Health (Trauma, Injury and Disability Research Unit), The National Symposium On Road Safety 2022 took place on […]
5 August 2022

How Are New Informal Transit Routes Formed?

Route signs waiting to be placed on a vehicle in Kampala Old Taxi Park. Photo by Tamara Kerzhner   In 2015, the chairman of a Kampala […]
14 June 2022

WRI and Partners Select 4 Winners for Digital Transport for Africa Innovation Challenge

Today the Digital Transport for Africa (DT4A) initiative, led by WRI and partners and funded by the French Development Agency (AFD), selected four winners of the […]
1 June 2022

Setting Up Data Collection Projects to Meet Passenger Capabilities

“If you want to plan for all the facts, you’ll never end up going anywhere” In Cape Town, South Africa, as in many African cities, planning […]
17 May 2022

WatriFeed: The Open Source Collaborative GTFS Data Editor

« Create, update and visualize your GTFS datasets easily and collaboratively with WatriFeed »   GTFS Standard   The standardization of transport data in Africa and particularly in […]
4 April 2022

Who Are the DT4A Innovation Challenge Jury Members?

4 March 2022

The DT4A Innovation Challenge: Achievements and Next Steps

The DigitalTransport4Africa (DT4A) project launched the Innovation Challenge in December 2021 with the aim of providing financial and technical support to initiatives that work towards transforming […]
19 February 2022

DIGITAL DATA AND TOOLS FOR TRANSPORT RESEARCH: A SHORT INTRODUCTORY COURSE

COURSE SUMMARY The rise of GPS-enabled cell phones and low-cost sensors- has led to the creation of new forms of digital data that are invaluable for […]
10 August 2021

An Analysis of Paratransit Services in African Cities Thanks to Digitaltransport4africa's GTFS Open Data

Why is that important? Accessibility to collective transport, together with other important system characteristics such as network coverage and frequency, is a crucial driver of modal […]
15 June 2021

Beyond Mapping: Sustainable and Inclusive Transport for Africa (Virtual Event)

Please join WRI and Agence Française de Développement for Beyond Mapping: Sustainable and Inclusive Transport for Africa July 1, 4pm – 5:45pm East Africa Time // […]
17 May 2021

Chatting Bus Data with MobilityData

At the beginning of 2021, MobilityData and Fabrique des Mobilités took a deep dive into existing GTFS projects across African cities. The goal was to understand […]
26 April 2021

Who Plans Transit in African Cities? Ask the Bus Drivers.

Minibus in Djibouti. Photo courtesy of Tamara Kerzhner/World Bank. On an unpaved road towards the outskirts of sprawling Lubumbashi, DRC, the minibus we were riding stopped […]
14 December 2020

Virtual Chat With Trufi Association

Last month WRI and Trufi Association had a virtual chat about the role of open public transport data and what journey planner apps mean for the […]
7 December 2020

Using Open Data to Put Pedestrians First

People walking in Dar es Salaam. Photo by ITDP-Africa Pedestrians First is a new set of tools to measure walkability in any city on earth. These […]
13 November 2020

Nov 18th – Join WRI and IDB for Webinar on Informal and Semiformal Public Transport Services!

November 18, 2020 @ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST This webinar will highlight key insights from new research by WRI Ross Center, the Inter-American Development […]
30 June 2020

COVID-19 Hit Public Transport Users Hard. Here’s How Open Data, A Digital Commons Approach Helps.

COVID-19 has revealed how open data, that can be freely used and distributed by anyone, is  critical for the recovery of our health and cities. At the […]
21 April 2020

How Kampala is Going Beyond Transit Mapping

Transport officials from Kampala, Addis Ababa and Accra exchange knowledge on what makes a mapping project successful. Source: WRI. Transit data are essential. Data help us […]
7 April 2020

[Survey] – We need you !

Africa is experiencing urban growth of momentous proportions. As part of this growth the continent needs to develop and build infrastructure and transport networks to serve […]
25 March 2020

How to Create your Own Transit Map

This tutorial has been created to design a schematic-style map for public transport. The process described below is the result of work carried out  by the […]
6 January 2020

Your City’s Public Transport Is Unique, Your Journey Planner App Should Be Too

The vibrantly coloured Trufis in Cochabamba, Bolivia serve daily commuters. Most cities around the world run formal and informal public transport systems in parallel. An illustrative […]
20 November 2019

DT4A heads to State of the Map Africa 2019 with Platinum Sponsors, Agence Française de Développement (AFD)

November 2019 is going to be an important month for the DT4A community and those harnessing Free Software, Open Data and the OpenStreetMap (OSM) and transit […]
19 November 2019

Join us at Mobilize! Kampala

Join us for an exhibition promoting safe, clean and efficient public transportation in Uganda’s largest city, Kampala. This exhibition is a gathering of organizations who are […]
6 November 2019
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Mapping a transport network with OpenStreetMap and GTFS

26 August 2019

Abidjan to Join the Open Data Community with Mapping Project

Abidjan’s woro woro taxi system. The French Development Agency (AFD) is a funder that finances, through loans and / or grants, sustainable mobility projects in developing […]
8 August 2019

Building your City’s Mobile and Web-based Journey Planner

Trotro App – the Open Source Trufi App redesigned for the city of Accra Many cities in the world need digital public transportation solutions: a World […]
11 July 2019

Conveyal Analysis: A Powerful Tool Now at Your Fingertips!

Conveyal Analysis helps you create public transport scenarios and evaluate them in terms of accessibility, using OpenStreetMap data and GTFS datasets. Digital Transport for Africa is […]
4 June 2019

In African Cities, Mapping Paratransit Makes for Smarter Mobility

DT4A’s Travis Fried and Iman Abubaker released a new article on the importance of mapping paratransit systems in Sub-Saharan African cities. According to the authors: Although […]
20 May 2019

May 22nd – DT4A at ITF in Leipzig

Join DT4A’s Ben Welle from WRI at this year’s ITF Summit in Leipzig, Germany.  On May 22nd, he will be presenting on expanding the network and […]
27 March 2019

10 Mobile Apps to Start Mapping your City’s Transit Network

By Lily Bui and Griffin Kantz, 3/29/2019 When you first start out collecting, analyzing, editing, and visualizing GTFS data, the landscape of available tools can be […]
15 February 2019

Can Paratransit Evolve Alongside African Cities?

WRI’s Celal Tolga Imamoglu writes a fascinating piece on the complicated, and yet essential, role paratransit plays for African city planners and the riders who rely […]
22 October 2018

November 14th 2018, Paris, Second workshop

Digital Transport for Africa: a Resource Center for Improved Mobility A public event with partners and stakeholders (GIZ, transport.data.gouv.fr…) Program coming soon. Save the date!
26 June 2018

Abuja, July 6th 2018, SSATP Annual Meeting

The second SSATP Annual Meeting under the Third Development Plan (DP3) will take place in Abuja, Nigeria, during the week of July 2-6, 2018. The mission […]
24 June 2018

November 14th 2017, Paris, First workshop

Given expected urban growth in Africa, the development of sustainable urban mobility policies is crucial to ensure efficient and “livable” cities. In most African cities, urban […]