The SCTDP team convened two stakeholder engagement workshops at the end of June as part of the process to understand the current strengths, weaknesses opportunities and threats relating to road traffic, public transport and freight in Addis Ababa. The second of these workshops focused specifically on gender and inclusion considerations.

How women and men experience transport is often very different and robust planning must result in transport infrastructure and services that enable women to feel safe and secure. At the same time, young men may be disproportionality affected by road traffic accidents and understanding these trends can help to improve pedestrian and road safety in the city. Social inclusion is also at the top of the agenda as the Ramboll-led team develops the city’s Sustainable Transport Development Plan. Vulnerable and marginalised residents such as people with disabilities, the elderly, women with young children and the very poor often find mobility in the city a huge challenge, which severely limits the opportunities to attend school, find work or participate in city life.

The workshops enabled the team to identify a range of challenges and opportunities across the topics discussed. For example, there is strong political will to develop more efficient public transport and recent progress in areas like Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and freight delivery regulations form a good base to build on. However, some of the challenges include the lack of data and evidence on what has worked in the past and also the need to ensure that transport accommodates the different needs of everyone in society. The team is now exploring how these challenges can be overcome through more inclusive, safe and affordable transport options, based on strong foundations of data from traffic and pedestrian surveys that will be collected by the SCTDP team.

More stakeholder consultation events will be held over the coming months, particularly to inform the development of the sub-sector transport plans.