By 2030, 60% of the world population will be living in cities. It should then be crucial for humanity to consider good and sustainable access to and within the urban hubs as a priority for all. It is in this perspective that, Nairobi Garage Westlands member, ITDP, are directing their activities.
ITDP stands indeed for the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, a global nonprofit organization that acts at the forefront of innovation, providing technical expertise to accelerate the growth of sustainable transport and urban development around the world. With offices in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, and the United States, its team is constituted by leading architects, urban planners, transport experts, developers, and financiers that work all together in transport projects, policy advocacy, and producing research publications, to reduce carbon emissions, enhance social inclusion, and improve the quality of life for people in cities.
Founded in 1985, the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) has today become a leading organization in the promotion of environmentally sustainable and equitable transportation policies and projects worldwide. In the most recent years, it has focused on working with municipalities and non-governmental organizations in developing countries with the aim of implementing projects that demonstrate how accidents and transport emissions can be reduced, or how the basic mobility of the poor can be improved. Primary programs include the development of bus rapid transit (BRT) systems, that promote the use of Transit-oriented Development (TOD), as well as planning facilities for pedestrians and bicycles. Further programs also include traffic demand management (TDM), parking regulations, and the revitalization of city centers.
Nowadays, in such a fast paced environment as the African continent, new challenges have to be tackled urgently. With the perspective of the continent’s urban population doubling its size in the next twenty years, and tripling even in the next fifty, African cities have now to face the major task of adapting to this extremely rapid influx of urban residents. One of the biggest questions to be answered will then be how can African growing cities include all the residents?
That is indeed the main purpose of the new campaign launched by ITDP in May, Africa for All where you can create help create a people centered future, more sustainable, for Africa’s growing cities. By giving your support during the #AfricaForAll campaign, you can help equitable future for Africa, with liveable cities that will enable access to economic opportunities for all residents. Contribute becoming an ITDP member with a 40$ gift or a monthlygiver with an easy 10$ monthly donation clicking here.
If you are interested in the work of ITDP, next time you’re in the vicinity of our Westlands office space, why not drop in for a chat with them!