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The African Centre of Excellence in Public and Non-Motorised Transport, Cape Town, South Africa
Needs-based transport research
The African Centre of Excellence in Public and Non-motorised Transport (ACET) aims to produce better analytical methods and models of transportation systems, for infrastructural development in a region where pedestrians and para-transit are important.
Roger Behrens

“One of our goals is to create a knowledge base for Africa. We want to catch up and contribute to international research while at the same time developing academic knowledge that is specifically adapted for different stakeholders in our region," says Roger Behrens, Director of the African Centre of Excellence in Public and Non-motorised Transport.

The African Centre of Excellence in Public and Non-motorised Transport is a joint effort between three educational centres: the Centre for Transport Studies at the University of Cape Town (South Africa), the Institute for Development Studies at the University of Nairobi (Kenya), and the Department of Transportation and Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania).

Approximately 18 researchers collaborate on 12 subprojects under the auspices of the Centre. VREF has provided ACET with SEK 25 million in fi nancing for the period 2008 through 2012.

Host organisation:
Department of Civil Engineering, the University of Cape Town
Link to the Centre's Website

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