Partnerships to Improve Access and Quality of Transport for the Urban Poor
WEDC staff involved
The purpose of this project was to identify, explore and document critical issues in the provision of transport services for, and in, low-income settlements, with a view to developing a methodology which addressed policy and operational issues.
The assumption of this research project was that transport services make a significant contribution to the livelihood strategies of the urban poor. This contribution (both positive and negative) included access to employment and income generation opportunities, education, health, and social networks (such as extended families) which can help in securing income and necessary goods and services.
Many bilateral and multilateral agencies are strongly advocating partnerships as a means of providing transport services. It is crucial for public transport to be successful and sustainable and that the poor are not neglected during transport planning. There are many attitudinal, procedural, regulatory and political barriers that need to be overcome in order to implement pro-poor transport strategies.
Focus of the project:
The research methodology included case studies using interviews and a series of focus group discussions at settlement and city level. The project contributed to an understanding of some of the issues of vulnerability of the roles of key public and private organizations. The project also addressed the key issue of the contribution of partnerships in public transport to sustainable livelihoods for the urban poor.
The research developed and tested the methodology by using literature review, historical analysis, case studies, focus group discussions, forums and workshops. The work was extended to other cities worldwide in the second phase of the project.
The outputs were:
Outputs were published in the UK and South Asia with primary dissemination via local partner networks. We managed an email conference on the project outputs which is also available on the WEDC website. Subsequent secondary dissemination included translation by local publishers. Workshops at settlement and city level were held, and international media attention sought through such organizations as the Panos Institute and the BBC World Service.