15 November 2023

CODATU innovates with its first practical training course on “Leaders in the modernisation of paratransit” in Madagascar

As part of the support provided by CODATU to the Malagasy authorities for the professionalisation of paratransit in Antananarivo (currently 6,000 minibuses transporting around 1.5 million people a day), in technical and financial partnership with AFD, CODATU is organising a training course this week for all the stakeholders: the ministries concerned, the Antananarivo Urban Commune, the Urban Planning Agency and the Unions of Transport Operators’ Cooperatives. Representatives from the towns of Tamatave, Majunga and Fianarantsoa are also present, as these towns are experiencing similar problems.

The course includes discussions of international case studies (Dakar, Kigali), a presentation of MobiliseYourCity‘s paratransit toolkit and an examination of its application in Antananarivo, a discussion of ways of optimising vehicle purchases and route operation, and a reconstruction of a minibus operating account to study the feasibility of purchasing a new vehicle.

A training course run by the CODATU team: Xavier Godard, Jean-Jacques Helluin, Charles Rakotonirina with the support of the local branch: Karine Andriamiraho and Rojo Andrianampoina.

CODATU’s partners in Madagascar: AFD, Ministry of Transport and Meteorology, Ministry of Land Planning and Services, Greater Antananarivo Urban Planning Agency, IPAM, Antananarivo Urban Commune, MobiliseYourCity.

CODATU’s practical training courses “Leaders in the modernisation of paratransit” and the pilot project to professionalise a minibus service can be adapted to other contexts on request from contact@codatu.org.