Unlocking Economic Growth in Low-income Countries Through Sustainable and Inclusive Transport – ITF Side Event



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Unlocking Economic Growth in Low-income Countries Through Sustainable and Inclusive Transport – ITF Side Event

May 24 @ 5:00 pm 6:00 pm CEST

About the Event

Cities in low-income countries (LICs) are the most rapidly growing and youngest cities in the world, and they’re changing fast. This offers immense opportunities as well as challenges for the development of transport systems to meet the needs of the people and economic growth, as well as meeting the urgent progress needed to address climate change.  

To address this issue, the High Volume Transport Applied Research Programme (HVT) funded by UK Aid, the Sustainable Mobility for All (SuM4All) initiative and the International Road Federation (IRF) will be hosting an official side event on 24 May from 17:00 to 18:00 in Hall 5 of the ITF Summit 2023 being held in Leipzig.

The session will coalesce the latest findings of several projects including research from HVT that looks into sustainable transport development in LICs across Africa and South Asia. The session will consider how sustainable, green and inclusive transport can support and not hinder economic growth in LICs, considering trends such as transit-oriented development, inclusive urban planning, and innovative decision support tools.  

Organised in a panel discussion with the focus on low- and middle-income countries, the session will explore questions like:  

  1. As many LICs see rapid, sprawling urbanisation, how can transport infrastructures keep people and goods moving?   
  1. Can the latest transport planning approach of transit-oriented development (TOD) be an answer to boosting economic growth without adding to transport-related climate stressors?
  1. As cities grow at pace, is there a risk that the most disadvantaged people in those cities get left behind?  
  1. How can policymakers and practitioners be equipped to meet the challenges of transport development amidst the pressures of limited budgets, conflicting priorities and the climate crisis?  


This event will be held within the ITF Summit 2023 taking place in Leipzig from 24 to 26 May. To attend the side event, you have to be a registered participant of the ITF summit. 

For more information on the programme and registrations, visit the ITF website: 


Crystal Asige

Kenyan Parliament



Amanda Ngabirano

National Physical Planning Board, Uganda



Sonal Shah

The Urban Catalysts



Heather Thompson

Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP)



Susanna Zammataro

International Road Federation (IRF)

Director General