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The Sub-Saharan Africa Transport Policy Program (SSATP) is a unique partnership of 36 African countries, 8 regional economic communities, 3 African institutions, and many national and international development partners - all dedicated to ensuring that the transport sector fosters Africa's poverty reduction, pro-poor growth, and regional integration.

Since its launch in 1987, the Program has greatly evolved while remaining faithful to its mandate of putting the transport sector in the forefront of development. Africa has greatly grown too - in many ways, due to its better transport strategies, better transport infrastructure financing and maintenance, better logistics along its road and rail corridors. To learn more about SSATP and how it has been instrumental in this evolution, please read our bilingual SSATP 1987-2011 feature (PDF, 708 Kb).
  • SSATP Progress Report 2012 - This latest progress report contains important information for all its stakeholders and partners related to the current activities of the Program for 2012 and the future of SSATP, in particular the revised results framework and the roadmap for the renewal of the Program.

    Progress Report 2012
  • Release of two toolkits to assist public transport practitioners - The Fare Collection Toolkit was designed to help in setting and collecting fares, always considered as a major problem confronting public transport officials and the Intelligent Transport System Toolkit was designed to better manage public transport services using advanced data communications and computing technologies. The toolkits were prepared by the World Bank and the SSATP with funding from SAFETE (a South African Trust Fund).

    Fare Collection Toolkit - Intelligent Transport System
  • A new rural transport services training course to be designed by AFCAP - The African Community Access Programme is about to pilot a one-week intensive course to build skills and sensitize the transport sector to current issues and methods in transport services research, utilizing a variety of tools and techniques. Consultants with relevant research and consultancy capability are invited to submit to our partner an expression of interest.
  • The Route to Good Living - A new pamphlet on HIV prevention in the transport sector and also available in French, Portuguese and Spanish... Read more 
  • Transporting HIV Prevention across Borders - How to reduce HIV risk among some of the most vulnerable populations in West Africa? Read more about the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor project.
Latest SSATP Publications
SSATP Annual Report 2011
A turning point for SSATP
Changes in the Board of SSATP and the Management Team in 2011 provide the opportunity to initiate a new phase in the Second Development Plan of SSATP in tune with the developments in the transport sector in Africa. The 2011 Annual Report sets the ground and provides strategic orientations for a more responsive and a better adapted Program and the preparation of a Third Development Plan.
Available in:
 English, French
Progress on commercialized road management in SSA
Until this wide-ranging study to assess progress on road management practices, no in-depth review of the performance of Road Authorities and Road Agencies has been carried out. Important lessons can be learnt from this work and notably that progress in commercialization of road management practices can only be described as "a road partially travelled".
Available in:
 English, French 
Gazing into the mirror II, performance contracts in Cameroon Customs
This second volume of Gazing into the Mirror presents the results of the bold and original reform process initiated in 2009 to modernize the Cameroon Customs Administration and to instill a radically new culture within it. The objective is to facilitate trade and fight against fraud and bad practices. At the heart of this process are performance contracts signed between the Director General of Custom (co-author of the book) and Customs officers.
Available in: French/English 
SSATP Annual Meeting 2010 
The Annual Meeting 2010 took place in Kampala, Uganda last October and was conducted under the theme Moving Africa forward: transport policies for growth & integration. The Proceedings web page contains all presentations in PDF and Powerpoint formats.

• Main Report: English, French 
• Proceedings: English, French
Understanding the Emerging Role of Motorcycles in African Cities
This publication discusses the growth in the use of commercial motorcyles in sub-Saharan cities as a manifestation of the inability to address the delivery of urban transport services. This paper reveals a paradoxical situation where taxi motorcycles are more expensive than the lowest bus fares and yet are increasingly used by the poor.
Available in: English, French 
The Dakar Bus Renewal Scheme, Before and After
This publication recounts the story of the renovation of the Dakar bus transportation system and the financial and leasing mechanism behind this successful project which started in 2002 at the initiative of the international Development Association (IDA). Based on its success, the Government is today prepared to further develop this leasing mechanism.
Available in: English, French 
Guidelines on Vehicle Overload Control in Eastern and Southern Africa
Endemic overloading of commercial vehicles has led to the deterioration of roads in most Sub-Saharan African countries. Unless the problem is taken seriously, there is no doubt that it will negate the benefits expected from the vast resources invested in road infrastructure improvements. All the sub-regions in Africa are keen to identify effective solutions. As a contribution to this effort, the SSATP has worked with some of the regional economic communities, individual countries and the private sector to compile a set of guidelines. These guidelines are based on lessons learnt from experiences in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe where good practices are emerging.
Available in: English, French 
Overload Control Practices in Eastern and Southern Africa -- Main Lessons Learned
In this second volume, the author presents some important findings and recommendations following from a survey conducted by regional economic communities, international bodies, private sector associations and country experts, all playing a central part in the success of efforts to control vehicle overload in the region. This paper is one of the most comprehensive assessment of the situation and is therefore a valuable resource for policy makers and practitioners.
Available in: English
Emerging Good Practice in Overload Control in Eastern and Southern Africa
This third volume on overload control presents the case studies carried out in Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Botswana. They all offer a different but complementary approach to tackle the problem of overload, ranging from cooperation in designing overload control system to private operation of weighbridges or decriminalization of overload control program.
Available in: English
A Framework for a Pro-Growth, Pro-Poor Transport Strategy -- A Guidance Note
The purpose of this framework document or guidance note is to highlight possible options for the formulation of a pro-growth, pro-poor transport strategy (PGPTS), an essential instrument to promote the transport sector as a key role to facilitate economic growth and poverty reduction. The paper defines the principal elements of a PGPTS and identifies interventions that allow transport to play this facilitation role.
Available in: English
Lagos Bus Rapid Transit -- Africa's first BRT scheme
This document describes how the first bus rapid transit system based on the well known good practice examples of Columbia and Brazil, adapted to the local context of Lagos, was implemented. It shows the strategic role of transport in a megacity like Lagos but also and maybe more importantly, the critical role of commitment and leadership at the highest levels of government for such a project to succeed. "Launched in March 2008, the new BRT system provided Lagos commuters with a clean, affordable and reliable means of getting around the city".
Available in: English, French 

The Chirundu Border Post -- Detailed monitoring of transit times
This paper presents the findings of an initiative undertaken by the SSATP and its regional partners to monitor transit performance along the North-South corridor, a major trade corridor. Based on the extensive data collection exercise carried out along the corridor, the Chirundu border post, between Zambia and Zimbabwe, was identified as one of the key impediments to the smooth flow of traffic, and it was therefore decided that it would be the pilot one-stop border post created for the Southern African region. The document is very valuable as it sheds useful light on the causes and magnitude of the long transit times experienced at the Chirundu border.
Available in: English, French 
"Gazing into the Mirror" -- Operational Internal Control in Cameroon Customs
Cameroon is a model example of a developing country facing the challenges of trade facilitation, in light of its geographic location within Central Africa. Close to 20 percent of the national budget is generated by Customs revenues. Cameroon Customs' administration therefore plays a critical role in its economy. This paper presents the modernization process launched in the country in 2006 and the original approach adopted.

Available in: French/English 
user guide imageA User Guide to Road Management Tools
This road management tools guide gives an overview of 14 selected tools for road infrastructure management, explains how they can assist road administrations and contribute to improving road management practices. The guide is aimed at decision-makers in road administrations for whom a basic understanding of these tools could be essential. It is also intended as an introduction to first-time readers at the technical level.

Available in: English, French 
SSATP Working Paper No 86
Institutional Arrangements for Transport Corridor Management in Sub-Saharan Africa
Corridor efficiency is important to the competitiveness of African economies, particularly in the case of landlocked countries. Corridors with corridor management institutions have shown improvements in their operations and these institutions have been instrumental in facilitating dialogue between stakeholders and harmonizing procedures and documentation used in transit operations along a corridor, resulting in reduced transit time and cost. This paper reviews the legal and institutional options for establishing a corridor management institution.

Available in: English, French 

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Upcoming Events
  • Africa Road Safety Seminar October 10-12, 2012 in Lusaka, Tanzania more information
  • REC-TCC Meeting October 15-19, 2012 in Cotonou, Benin more information 
  • SSATP hosts a working session in CODATU XV October 23-25, 2012
    in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia more information 
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