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Evaluating Access to the Informal Economy in African Cities

World Bank

The World Bank works across multiple areas of development, and WhereIsMyTransport is proud to have supported the institution with mobility data to inform project evaluations and help develop an improved understanding of how citizens move and access economic opportunities.

“Our task teams are able to use [data from WhereIsMyTransport] to provide insights into otherwise opaque markets.” Steven Rubinyi, World Bank

Our robust technology and data collection methodology integrates formal and informal public transport data, supporting the requirements of each World Bank project through accurate and reliable mobility information from a city’s complete public transport network. Data collection from informal transport systems is critical to developing a comprehensive understanding of emerging markets—places where the majority of citizens rely on informal modes to access opportunities.

Our mobility data informed numerous accessibility evaluations, including access to job opportunities via public transport in Southern Africa, West Africa and East Africa. This work supported the investment planning stages of multiple World Bank projects. WhereIsMyTransport provided mobility data from:

  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Douala, Cameroon
  • Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Kampala, Uganda
  • Lusaka, Zambia
  • Maputo, Mozambique
  • Zanzibar, Tanzania

In Maputo, our mobility data helped inform fuel price subsidy decisions and transport planning evaluations. In Douala and Zanzibar, data supported the respective governments of these regions in planning financially viable urban developments, allowing decisions to be made based on an accurate understanding of citizen movements and the distribution of mobility services.

The World Bank further compiled a report examining access to job opportunities via public transport in 12 African cities, supported by mobility data from WhereIsMyTransport.

Each World Bank project contributed to creating the building blocks for new transport projects and urban planning initiatives. This, in turn, improved accessibility to employment and social activities for citizens of these Majority-World regions. WhereIsMyTransport is proud to have supported the World Bank on these engagements.