DigitalTransport4Africa is a collaborative digital commons and global network that works to scale up and support urban mobility projects through open standardized data, open-source software and peer-to-peer knowledge sharing. It provides support for government, tech companies and civil society actors to map city transit networks and foster ecosystems and skills that enable cities to leverage data for critical transport improvements.
The cooperative initiative, funded by Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and led by WRI, is now scaling up efforts in data collection, mapping, analysis and capacity building with the aim of reaching 10-15 additional cities across Africa. The platform is also moving beyond mapping just data on public transport in cities, but seeks to inform planning, creation of tools, and meaningful research on actions to improve sustainable mobility. The COVID-19 pandemic has only heightened the need for resilient mobility systems that meet the needs of the underserved and vulnerable. The partnerships possible by leveraging open data can create a regional movement for better transportation across Africa.