CODATU News Monday 29 July 2019


Dakar, 9-11 November 2020




CODATU is an association with international vocation whose objective is to promote sustainable mobility policies through conferences, seminars, training and scientific exchanges on urban and interurban mobility. Since 1980, CODATU has organized every two years International Conferences on urban transport aiming at promoting sustainable urban mobility in developing countries. The objective is to design and propose specific innovative solutions or research paths adapted to the various contexts of these countries. Each time this event takes place alternatively in a different city localized in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe. Indeed, cities of developing and emerging countries face specific challenges and need solutions, meeting local needs and conditions.

By organizing this Conference in cooperation with local and international partners, CODATU intends to gather academics, researchers, practitioners, local authorities, policy circles, private sector and civil society to discuss persisting challenges and future opportunities, and to share experiences in order to boost international cooperation.

The 18th CODATU Conference will take place in Dakar, Senegal from 9 to 11 November 2020.

This is a special event since the 1st CODATU conference was held in Dakar, Senegal in 1980. It will be a unique opportunity to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of CODATU and to point out the improvements realized since then, as well as the progresses still to be implemented in order to achieve a sustainable development.

The host organization in Senegal is CETUD (Conseil Exécutif des Transports Urbains de Dakar), the local authority for urban transport in Dakar. As a framework for consultation between the State, the local authorities and the private sector, CETUD was created in 1997, with the goal to organize and regulate urban transport supply in Dakar. As it is one of the few local authorities for urban transport in Africa, it also serves as a model to other cities.



General theme

Research and policy merge: present and future challenges in urban mobility for passengers and goods in developing and emerging countries.

Themes of the conference

The general theme of the conference covers seven themes (A to G). Any transport mode can be addressed under any of those seven themes.


Theme A: Urban land and mobility

  • Urban land market vs. urban services (soft and hard).
  • Controlling urban sprawl – how to manage it, and why ?
  • New cities projects and their mobility challenges.
  • Land-use and transport integration (planning, TOD, last mile transport).


Theme B: New technologies and new urban transport systems

  • e-transport, mobile applications, electro-mobility.
  • Big data and open data (collection, access, use, dissemination, etc.).
  • Use, considering affordability, regulation and integration, know-how, digital divide, etc.
  • 3G, 4G, 5G and new transportation
  • Shared mobility.


Theme C: Road safety for all road users

  • Road design, traffic management, vehicle condition, drug/alcohol driving, driver behavior, health, …
  • Enforcement, regulation, …
  • Vulnerable users (children, the elderly, special needs travelers, pedestrians)


Theme D: Paratransit transportation

  • User dependence.
  • Regulation / organization / professionalization.
  • Driver behavior.
  • Fare control.


Theme E: Non-Motorized Transport (NMT)

  • Financing infrastructure.
  • Safety
  • Security
  • Walkability and Sidewalks: existence, widths, condition, public policies, occupation (formal/informal, street-vendors, illegal parking, shop displays, vegetation, privatization of the public space, …)


Theme F: Transport provision and financial challenges

  • Bilateral/multilateral cooperation, coordination between donors, negotiation culture, …
  • Future investments and national plans, evaluation of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans, …
  • Out of the fare-box financing (land-value capture, air-rights, advertising, selling stations names, …).
  • System justification (demand, land-space, cost-effectiveness).
  • Maintenance, future expansion and sustainable financing.
  • Travel cost and affordability.


Theme G : The challenging process of implementation of new transport services (BRT, urban railways etc.)

  • From global models to African cities: adaptation, transformation and implementation of new transport systems.
  • Integrating the paratransit and informal sector in new services.
  • Innovative governance, institutional reform, multi-stakeholders, skills, …
  • Project management specificities.



  • Author name, Affiliation, Contact information (e-mail and mobile).
  • Co-author(s), if any, same information as above.
  • Corresponding author.


  • Title limited to 100 characters.
  • Relevant theme you think your abstract would fit in (A to G).
  • Abstract: 500 words (maximum strict limit).
  • Format: single spacing, font 12, Times New Roman.
  • Keywords (maximum strict limit 5).
  • Accepted languages: English or French.

Conditions for preliminary acceptance of Abstracts

  • Not published elsewhere.
  • Not being considered for publication.
  • Non-commercial.
  • Applicable research (applied, theoretical or fundamental).
  • Usable lessons for other countries.

Abstract selection criteria

  • Adherence to the above mention “Conditions of Preliminary acceptance of Abstracts”.
  • Abstract of more than 500 words will not be considered.
  • Scientific quality.
  • Quality of writing.
  • Proper organization of the text.
  • Relevance to the identified theme.

Method for Abstract submission (Deadline 13 October 2019)

  • Connect to Conference Maker homepage :
  • Find the CODATU 2020 Dakar Conference in the list of upcoming conferences
  • Click on the item and register with ID and password
  • Log in, and find in the Main Menu the item “Papers” and “Submit a paper” and follow the procedure
  • If you need any clarification on technical issues, you can contact [email protected] indicating in the subject “Clarification on Abstract Submission CODATU 2020”.

General conditions

  • Full papers based on accepted abstract will be subject to plagiarism check. The papers that will not satisfy the check of plagiarism shall be rejected outright.
  • Full papers based on accepted abstract will be peer reviewed by the International Scientific Committee (ISC) of the conference.
  • For accepted papers (after peer review);

– For single authored papers, the author must pay the registration fee (before the indicated deadline) for inclusion in the final program.

– For multi-authored papers, at least one author must pay the registration fee (before the indicated deadline) for inclusion in the final program.

  • After acceptance of authors, Proceedings will be published on CODATU Website with a Disclaimer.
  • Best papers as decided by the ISC will be considered for possible publication in a Special Issue of international scientific journals under the publication rules of the journal and after receiving formal acceptance of the author(s).


Abstract Submission Deadline: 13 October 2019

Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 31 October 2019

Full paper submission: 31 January 2020

Notification of papers review results: 15 April 2020

Revised papers submission: 15 June 2020

Early bird registration: 31 July 2020

Author registration fee payment: 1 September 2020

Announcement of program: 1 October 2020

Conference: 9 November 2020


Co-Chairs: Jérôme Chenal, Alassane B. Ndiaye

Scientific Advisor: Ali Huzayyin

Scientific Coordination: Solène Baffi, Pape Sakho


Muhammed Adeel (Pakistan)

Maria Attard (Malta)

Dominique Breuil (France)

Yves Crozet (France)

Raja Elassali (Morocco)

Haneen Khreis (Jordan)

Jacquie Klopp (United States)

Kazuaki Miyamoto (Japan)

Hideki Nakamura (Japan)

Olivier Ninot (France)

Valérie Ongolo-Zogo (Cameroon)

Haixiao Pan (China)

Gina Porter (United Kingdom)

Charles Rivesplata (United States)

Varameth Vichiensan (Thailand)

Partenaires associés


Le Conseil Exécutif des Transports Urbains de Dakar (CETUD) est l’autorité organisatrice des transports urbains de Dakar (Sénégal). C’est un établissement public à caractère professionnel créé en 1997, lors d’un processus de réforme des transports urbains. C’est un cadre de concertation entre l’État, les collectivités territoriales et les acteurs privés concernés. Sa mission est d’organiser la politique de transports publics sur la région de Dakar et consiste principalement en la régulation de l’offre et l’amélioration des conditions d’exploitation des opérateurs et donc des conditions de déplacement habitants de l’agglomération de Dakar.

The Executive Council of Urban Transport of Dakar (CETUD) is the Public Transport Authority of Dakar (Senegal). It is a public establishment with a professional character created in 1997, as part of a process of urban transport reform and in a consultation framework between the State, local authorities and the private sector. Its main mission is to organize the public transport policy in the Dakar region by regulating the supply and improving the operating conditions and so the commuting conditions for the local inhabitants.