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: www.ssatp.org
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.
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