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Africa Transport Policy Programme (SSATP)

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Supporting African countries and regions to strengthen their policies to promote sustainable transport for economic growth and integration, and poverty reduction.

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Total Budget: 
€ 11 600 000
European Commission Contribution: 
€ 8 000 000
Annual Action Programme: 
Action Document: 

The Africa Transport Policy Programme (SSATP), established in 1987, is an international partnership of 40 African countries, eight regional economic communities (RECs), continental institutions (African Union Commission), public and private sector organisations, and international development agencies and organisations. The programme supports African countries to strengthen their policies and strategies to promote sustainable transport for economic growth and poverty reduction. SSATP is recognised and respected as a key transport policy development forum and knowledge production platform in Africa, bringing together diverse stakeholders while developing networks of specialists (researchers, operators and consultants) in most land transport-related fields.

During its second phase (2009-2014) the programme focused on three strategic themes: 1) promoting comprehensive pro-poor and pro-growth transport sector strategies; 2) promoting sustainable institutional and financial arrangements for road infrastructure and rural and urban transport services; and 3) improving transit transport along selected international corridors. Transport sector development in Africa is now facing a number of challenges, some of which have emerged more recently, such as accelerating urbanisation and climate change.

Based on past progress, while taking into account these new challenges, the third phase of the programme (DP3 2014-2018) is expected to focus on areas where policy development and well-targeted capacity building interventions can make a real difference.

The objective of SSATP's development plan 2014-2018 (SSATP-DP3) is to contribute to regional/continental integration, poverty reduction and economic growth by improving continental, regional and national transport policies and strategies. To reach this goal, the specific objective of DP3 is to support countries, RECs and other transport stakeholders to provide efficient, safe and sustainable transport networks and services for the people of Africa.

The SSATP-DP3 is structured around three thematic clusters:

  • Regional integration, connectivity and cohesion
  • Urban mobility and accessibility, and
  • Road safety.

Activities undertaken as part of the first cluster are expected to promote effective policy and strategy formulation, and implementation for transport corridor development at country and regional levels. In addition, they are also expected to develop capacity among institutions for inclusive policy dialogue on regional integration, and to promote efficient logistics services.

The second cluster is expected to foster knowledge, awareness, development, adoption, and implementation of comprehensive sustainable policies for urban mobility. These actions will also ensure that cities and metropolitan areas have the understanding, mandate and capabilities to develop, adopt, and implement effective and appropriate urban transport policies.

The third cluster aims to enable the AUC & UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) to inspire countries to achieve the road safety goals outlined in the UN Decade of Action and Africa Plan for Action 2011-2020. It should also stimulate good practice in road safety management and better integration of road safety policy and pillar-based interventions in locally and externally funded road developments.