The project will strengthen the scientific and technological capacity of stakeholders involved in transport to support the formulation and implementation of sustainable transport policies, which contribute to poverty reduction and economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The multi-stakeholder TEST Network for knowledge-sharing related to road congestion, air pollution (including greenhouse gases and noise) and road safety in six SSA countries will:
- Strengthen networking between EU and SSA partners and stakeholders.
- Share knowledge.
- Enhance research capacity.
- Communicate and disseminate research results and knowledge collected.
The challenge for Africa is to address continuously growing transport (energy) demand, without hampering growth in mobility. Potential solutions can be found by examining past and present EU responses. Can lessons be learnt from the transport policy of the EU and, if so, how likely is it that these lessons can be implemented and used in developing transport policy in Africa?
Transport policies, awareness and problem solving are of critical importance to the delivery of sustainable cities, healthy citizens, development and poverty eradication in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). High quality transport systems that respect the interests and aspirations of the poor, women, children undergoing education and those needing access to health care is a catalyst for the achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and for the creation and promotion of a quality of life for all sections of the community. Transport is vital for trade, commerce, business, new firm formation and the widespread dissemination of entrepreneurial opportunities and participation in the labour force. However, it has to be designed and managed in ways that are democratic and beneficial to everyone.
The TEST Network will mobilise a high level of co-operative effort between stakeholders involved in transport through network activities to focus scientific and technological research in transport, stimulate debate, awareness, co-operation and problem solving which can contribute to the achievement of MDGs.
Development of a quality-assured web-based knowledge database collating information on research capacities, networks and activities, best practice and research needs and technology needs related to traffic congestion, air pollution (including greenhouse gases and noise) and road safety.
Capacity enhancement in stakeholder communities, such as staff from governmental agencies, for research related to traffic congestion, air pollution (including greenhouse gases and noise) and road safety:
- Short-term training programme based on needs to increase capacity of stakeholder communities to prepare and submit proposals for research related to transport.
- Media training to communicate the results of the research to different stakeholders.
Communication and dissemination of the knowledge incorporated in the network to policy makers and other relevant stakeholders
- Development of biannual online newsletters to outline the main developments in transport issues as well as policy briefs.
- A series of debates/dialogues between stakeholders involved in transport on key issues identified, targeted at policy makers, academia, civil society and industry. A strong link to policy development will also maximise the chances of implementation of the results of the project and the societal benefits that would follow.