Opportunities and barriers for HVT systems in India and Sub-Saharan Africa

As low and middle-income countries urbanise and grow wealthier, the rates of private motor vehicle use have soared. This severely strains their transport systems and is leading to social, economic, and environmental harm. The capacity to plan for these changes has not proven sufficient. In this study, the ITDP research team assesses capacity in three states in India and four countries in sub-Saharan Africa to develop a better understanding of which capacity constraints are most important in several contexts within these regions. Using stakeholder interviews, the paper highlights issues common to both regions, including a lack of understanding, funding and technical capacity to implement high volume transport (HVT), the application of inappropriate policies, and poor coordination within government.

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