- How can we bridge the existing global data gaps on informal and shared mobility in low- and middle income countries?
- What techno-social infrastructure do we need to collect and maintain data on informal and shared mobility in low- and middle income countries?
These were the framing questions when the Global Network for Popular Transportation (GNPT) ran a workshop on Paratransit Day at the Transforming Transportation Conference in Washington, D.C. earlier this year. More than fifty people from different countries participated. Researchers, program officers, development officers, and transportation professionals, representing nonprofits, private companies, development organizations, multilateral banks, and public institutions.
VREF sponsored the event as part of the Informal and Shared Mobility in Low- and Middle Income Countries Program (ISM) . The primary objective of the ISM program is to contribute to strengthening equity and sustainability in urban transport by supporting research that creates new knowledge to inform stakeholders better, to govern, design or develop informal and shared mobility, thereby contributing to better access to goods and services for all.