ITF Nairobi Bus Rapid Transit Report

GLI Manchester is pleased to announce that the Nairobi Bus Rapid Transit Report is now available to view and download.

This report assesses the potential impact of the introduction of Bus Rapid Transit on the workforce of Nairobi’s informal transport (‘matatu’) industry, and seeks to encourage the active engagement of matatu workers’ representatives in shaping a modern, accessible, efficient and environmentally sustainable transport system for the city.

This report of research was commissioned for GLI Manchester by the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) as a contribution to the ITF Our Public Transport (OPT) programme.

The objectives of ITF’s OPT are to “promote quality public transport and inclusive cities in Africa, including decent jobs, a just transition for informal workers, strong union representation and improved access to affordable mobility”.

The brief was to undertake research on

a) The likely impact and implications of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) for transport workers in Nairobi;

b) Good practice examples from elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa of engagement and inclusion of workers’ organisations in the development of BRT policy and implementation by local, national and international decision-makers;

c) The nature of the worker groups consulted (e.g. trade union, association, cooperative etc)

d) Consultation or negotiation processes;

e) Outcomes of the inclusion of workers’ representatives in the design and operation of BRT.

This 2019 report is the result of initial research carried out and published in the Preliminary Research & Baseline Study Report in March 2018. This preliminary research report included proposals for further research which formed the basis for the further work included in the 2019 report.