The DigitalTransport4Africa (DT4A) Webinar Series is a monthly webinar organized by WRI Africa and Global with DT4A consortium partners. The goal of the series is to facilitate knowledge exchange around public transport and data initiatives taking place in African cities and beyond, especially those undertaken by the consortium partners.
With rapid urbanization exerting substantial pressure on urban mobility in African cities, there is an opportunity to reshape the transport sector through innovative digital solutions. Recent GSMA research reveals that transport and logistics rank as the third-largest recipient of startup funding in Africa. Innovators are harnessing mobile-enabled solutions (such as pay-as-you-go models), big data, GIS, and internet of things (IoT), to address mobility challenges that impede access to essential services. The webinar will explore the landscape of the transport sector in African cities, highlighting the transformative potential of digital innovations. Specifically, we will examine case studies from various African countries, showcasing how digital solutions can enhance transport systems to make them safer, more efficient, and reliable, especially for low-income residents. Moreover, we will delve into the pivotal role these solutions play in reducing carbon emissions within the sector. Lastly, we will discuss funding and financing trends in African transport and logistics startups. Leveraging data from The Big Deal database, we aim to share insights into early adoption pathways at the forefront of digital transport for Africa.