In search of a framework for institutional coordination in the planning for public transport in sub-Saharan cities
Author(s): Kanyama, Ahmad
All authors:
Kanyama, A.
Country: Kenya, Tanzania, United Republic of
Publication year: 2009
Published in:
VREF, Smaller Project 2006-01
Research theme: Change Processes and Institutional Innovation, Mobility and Access, Policy and Planning, Public Transport
institutional framework, Apex Framework, public transportation, sub-Saharan cities, paratransit transports
Final Report
This study proposes a new framework (the Apex Framework) for institutional coordination in planning for public transportation that is capable of addressing constraints to tackling problems of public transport in the cities of sub-Saharan Africa. The main contention in this study is that public transport problems in sub-Saharan African countries could easily be tackled if institutional coordination were to be organised in such a way that all stakeholders in the public transport sector were involved effectively in the planning process. The barriers to institutional coordination in planning for public transportation are widespread and varied, and occur in different ways in developed and developing countries. In sub-Saharan Africa, the existing literature on sustainable public transport fails to explain how such barriers arise and how the citizens concerned believe transport planning institutions could be improved. The aim of this study was thus to devise an effective framework for institutional coordination in planning for public transportation suited to the cities of sub-Saharan Africa. This aim was achieved through two case studies in the cities of Dar-es-Salaam and Nairobi, where field studies revealed a number of factors that constrain prospects for institutional coordination in planning for public transportation.
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