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Africa Transport Policy Program (SSATP)

Contact Person(s):

Jean-Noel Guillossou
Roger Gorham


About Africa Transport Policy Program (SSATP)

The Africa Transport Policy Program (SSATP) is an international partnership to facilitate policy development and related capacity building in the transport sector in Africa. It comprises 38 countries, eight Regional Economic Communities, public and private sector organizations, and international development agencies and organizations. Since its inception, SSATP has become well recognized and respected as the foremost transport policy development forum in Africa, bringing together key decision makers, while developing networks of specialists (researchers, operators and consultants) in most transport related fields in Africa.

SSATP is financed by development partners’ contributions to a trust fund administered by the World Bank.  Current donors include the European Commission, the Islamic Development Bank, the African Development Bank, the World Bank, Austria, France, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom.  Further information about SSATP is available on the SSATP website at:

SSATP is currently implementing its second Development Plan (DP2) which comprises three strategic themes:

(i) Theme 1: Comprehensive pro-poor and pro-growth transport sector strategies: Theme 1 focuses on the adoption of Pro-Growth, Pro-Poor Transport Sector Strategies (PGPTS) and the transport contribution to Poverty Reduction Strategies. Theme 1 also covers the following issues: road safety and security; governance and integrity; transport and climate change; gender and inclusion.
(ii) Theme 2: Sustainable institutional and financial arrangements for road infrastructure and rural and urban transport services: Theme 2 focuses on transport sector management and financing, covering rural transport and urban transport. For this theme, SSATP works with regional associations which have an important role in supporting and sustaining improvement in the management of transport.
 (iii) Theme 3: Improving transit transport along selected international corridors. Theme 3 focuses on regional transport corridor management to facilitate the efficient movement of goods and people. The program has facilitated setting up observatories along corridors to identify critical problems and is now involved in harmonizing legislations, disseminating best practices in corridor management, and building capacity to implement appropriate policies and strategies.

Within these themes, SSATP seeks to address the complex challenges facing transport on the continent through promoting coherent transport policy approaches; supporting the sustainability of sector financing and effective institutional management; integrating gender equity, environment and road safety; and fostering the development of regional transport associations.

SSATP is preparing its third Development Plan (2014-2018). The following priority focus areas are proposed:
- urban mobility as the core contribution from Africa to the Environmentally Sustainable Transport agenda focusing on institutional, financing and capacity building aspects of urban transport
- road safety to support implementation of the action plan adopted by the African Heads of States in January 2012 as the contribution from Africa to the UN Decade of Action
- integration, connectivity and cohesion covering management and operation of the regional, national and rural networks as part of the free trade agenda of the African Union and Regional Economic Communities
- emerging issues and specific needs to provide the flexibility to respond to the changing policy agenda in the transport sector in Africa and to demands from stakeholders.


The World Bank
Program Management Team (PMT)
1818 H St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20433

Location: Washington DC, USA

SLoCaT Focal Person:

Jean-Noel Guillossou

Roger Gorham

Programs & Projects on Transport & Climate Change

A 2010 SSATP program study – “Making Transport Climate Resilient” – investigated roads in Ethiopia, Ghana, and Mozambique aiming to establish a knowledge base; deliver guidelines for road transport planning and policies decisions, and contribute to the creation of awareness of transport and climate change issues in Africa.  The study presents an assessment of potential construction cost increases (full adaptation) due to climate change for upgrading gravel to paved road (cost per km/road) in 2050.  The results provide an indication of the economic pressures facing transport operators and government ministries tasked with managing national transport sectors.

An approach paper prepared by the SSATP in early 2011 provides recommendations to SSATP on a two-year strategy and work plan to address questions related to mitigation and adaptation to climate change in the African transport sector.  The paper suggests a number of actions that reflect on the strategic recommendations for building regional cooperation and enhancing knowledge for Africa, regional workshops, and guidance material.

Following the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) in Durban, South Africa, which identified the need to strengthen regional cooperation on sustainable transport and climate change in Africa, the SSATP has launched an initiative to create an Environmentally Sustainable Transport Forum (ESTF) in Africa. The Forum will serve as a regional cooperation mechanism that would engage the participants from countries of Africa into a policy dialogue about the challenges posed by the need for environmental sustainability in the transport sector while meeting long-term development goals.   EST-Africa would be a policy-oriented forum informed by a vibrant community of officials, practitioners, NGOs and stakeholders involved in various aspects of transport, climate change and environment, including finance, on a regular basis. The primary goals of the EST-Africa would be to:

  • Develop a collective understanding of the transport and environment community at regional, national and sub-national levels, on the need and opportunities to develop resilient, low-carbon sustainable transportation policies.
  • Inform policy and provide a mechanism for policy coordination, through an annual declaration at ministry level.
  • Provide guidance to government officials and other stakeholders on how to design and implement resilient low-carbon transportation, in the context of available international climate governance, such as NAMAs, NAPAs and other mechanisms for financing and crediting.  This would be done through an annual event such as a workshop, conference, or seminar, and preparation of supporting documentation and case studies describing experience and best practices for wide dissemination.
  • Initiate National Road Maps for Adaptation and Mitigation.
  • Strengthen input to international negotiating frameworks, such as the Conferences of the Parties (COPs).
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