Promoting Sustainable Transport Solutions for East African Cities

Promoting Sustainable Transport Solutions for East African Cities
Implementation:  2011-2015

In East Africacities expand at unprecedented rates and face sustained population growth, higher motorisation rates, rapidly worsening traffic congestion, and thus decreasing mobility and increasing health problems.

The project “Promoting Sustainable Transport Solutions for East African Cities” (GEF Sustran East Africa) aims to reduce growth of private motorized vehicles and decrease traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Kampala (Uganda) and Nairobi (Kenya). The envisaged strategic response is to upgrade these cities’ transit systems, by implementing improved non-motorized transport (NMT) infrastructure and applying travel demand management (TDM) and supporting policies.



  • Create the technical and institutional basis for sustainable transport
    The project’s goal is to create the technical and institutional basis for implementing metropolitan sustainable transport networks and systems. To reach this goal, the project will raise awareness and understanding among policy makers, stakeholders and the general public on the importance and benefits of suitable and sustainable transport systems in urban areas.
    • Further development on the basis of BRT
      Working side-by-side with the governments, as well as through tailored trainings, sustainable transport in the three cities will not end with just a demonstration corridor. After the project's completion, the governments will be well-equipped to continue the development.
  • Regional exchange
    With all three cities working towards the same goal, regional capacity building workshops and trainings are easier to formulate and implement. Since the basic steps for implementing BRT are more or less standardized for each city, the major project concepts are the same. This has the added benefit of facilitating regional exchange.
  • BRT demonstration corridor in Addis Ababa, Kampala and Nairobi
    In each of the cities the project aims to establish a BRT demonstration corridor. To achieve this goal, the project will devote a large portion of its efforts towards building capacity within the governments and bringing together the ideas and strategies of different stakeholders.