news | 2021-04-20
Vit buss på väg i Kigali, Rwanda

Foto: Mathias Gustavsson

SPIDER and IVL to collaborate in training program on smart transport in Rwanda

SPIDER at Stockholm University and IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute will be leading a training program supporting welfare services realized via safe, accessible and affordable transport services in Rwanda. The participants will be civil servants in Rwanda and is funded by the Swedish Institute. The training program will run for one year starting September 2021.

The objective of the training program is to share and discuss experiences on international best practices on modern public and urban transport planning, with a special focus on smart, digital and sustainable transport solutions.

– We have a long history of collaboration on different types of digital initiatives in Rwanda. We are very happy to join forces with the City of Kigali and RURA on this initiative. The expertise from IVL will be instrumental in supporting these institutions in their efforts to provide a safe and climate efficient transport system in Rwanda, says John Owuor, director at SPIDER.

The potential of information and communication technology to increase capacity and ensure safe and efficient transport to all citizens is steadily increasing. It allows for transport planners to design and plan urban transport systems, and for transport providers to improve efficiency and business models.

Improved bus services, introduction of electric vehicles used in vehicle sharing pools, and other electric mobility options are part of the modern transport solution. Non-motorized transports via dedicated bicycle lanes and sidewalks are also part of the vision of the city of Kigali.

Electric mobility coming strong in Rwanda

– Widespread use of mobile phones allows for new mobility services. We also see that electric mobility is about to be realized. Both trends are strong in Rwanda and we look forward to being part of this transition, says Mathias Gustavsson, researcher and project leader at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute.

The training program will start in September 2021 and run for one year. It includes workshops, lectures and assignments. A team of the participants will also have the opportunity to visit Sweden.

Funding has been received from Swedish Institute (SI) Public Sector Innovation Programme, in which universities and colleges provide training programmes for public sector employees and elected representatives from more than twenty countries. The purpose of the Public Sector Innovation Program is to strengthen the capacity of professionals to contribute to innovation in the public sector and support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.

SPIDER is an independent center hosted by the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences at Stockholm University, focusing on the digitalization of international development.

For more information, please contact:
Mathias Gustavsson, mathias.gustavsson@ivl.se, +46 10 788 6568
Petra Rindby, petra@spidercenter.org, +46 8 16 1704