Analysis of and proposals concerning policy and research issues at the “ CODATU Social Aspects of Transport Seminar ” held in July 2001

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The paper reviews the presentations on the social aspects of transport that took place at a CODATU Regional Seminar in Pretoria during July 2001. The intention is to highlight some of the more critical issues as a foundation for the discussions on this topic due to take place in Lomé at the CODATU X Conference. This debate is expected to provide the basis of a future work programme by members of the Technical Committee on the Social Aspects of Transport. RÉSUMÉ: Dans cet exposé on passe en revue les communications sur les aspects sociaux du transport faites pendant une conférence régionale de CODATU à Pretoria en juillet 2001. L’intention est de mettre en relief certaines des questions les plus critiques, qui serviront comme base des délibérations sur ce sujet pendant la Dixième Conférence CODATU à Lomé. Il est vraisemblable que ces délibérations fourniront la base d’un programme ultérieur de travail qui sera formulé par les membres du Comité Technique des Aspects Sociaux du Transport. report by himself and Lourdes Diaz through the Sitrass Association for the World Bank on the theme of “Poverty and urban transport, learning from African cities”. The cities were Cairo, Dakar, Ouagadougou and Tunis. Godard points out that poverty is not just deprivation from economic resources, but also from social and cultural exposure. A special aspect of poverty is the impact of lack of mobility on social activities. Such an impact is likely to be greater for women who do not work, so gender is also a factor to be considered. The paper examined the benefits of bicycle and moped transport (Ouagadougou is a moped city) as well as minibus taxis as an element of public transport systems. Cairo has a metro and Tunis a light rail system, and Godard concludes that such systems may benefit the poor when fare formulae are adapted and metro lines are partially located in areas with low-income populations. The key to success is a network designed to ensure social mixing. Godard emphasized the importance of developing appropriate indicators to measure the degree of social exclusion and the analysis of appropriate data (see Tables 1 to 4). Table 1. Household consumption budget in Dakar (%), 1994-1996 CONSUMPTION ESAM 1994-95 EDMC 1996 Food 45.1 44.2 Clothing 11.3 10.2 Housing 14.3 16.8 Trspt equip, maintenance 6.6 7.3 CONSUMPTION ESAM 1994-95 UEMOA 1996 Health 4.4 1.9 Transport expenditure 6.8 8.2 Other 11.5 11.5 Total 100 100

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@inproceedings{Freeman2001AnalysisOA, title={Analysis of and proposals concerning policy and research issues at the “ CODATU Social Aspects of Transport Seminar ” held in July 2001}, author={P . N . W . Freeman and D . A . C . Maunder}, year={2001} }