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Freetown’s Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, OBE, introducing T-SUM workshops.

December 2019

Freetown’s Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, OBE, welcomes and introduces the T-SUM project, aiming to “build on the vision for the Freetown that we want". The Mayor highlights the collaboration and participation of a number of relevant actors for the city, everyone focused on looking for solutions to urban mobility. 

“It gives us a chance to think about the places we want to be living in”. 

Interview of a resident of Matola, in Mozambique


The interview discusses challenges and opportunities related to mobility and accessibility. The video also allows to reflect on the urban and housing conditions in the city, affordability, usual journey time and preferred transport modes. The resident discusses some of the main issues and challenges of transport provision and accessibility.  

Interviews of Freetown residents. Challenges and opportunities related to mobility and accessibility 


The video allows a reflection on the challenges and opportunities for urban mobility in Freetown. Some of the problems mentioned relate to the length of the journeys, and how travel time affects quality of life. Structural issues such as water provision and the transportation of goods are also named for the residents. The road network, the build environment and the street conditions are also named as critical for the development of the city, among others. 

Dr Clemence Cavoli (CTS, UCL) Introduces T-SUM

18 March 2019 

Dr Clemence Cavoli introduces the T-SUM (Transitions to Sustainable Urban Mobility) project, an interdisciplinary and cross-sector collaborative project that aims to identify the conditions under which sustainable and inclusive transport and land use development can be accelerated in growing cities in the Global South.


It is grounded in the observation that where there is still-low-but-rising levels of motorization, economic growth and increasing social and spatial inequalities, the formulation and implementation of policies, practices and partnerships that can support an accelerated implementation of sustainable mobility structures is an urgent concern for rapidly developing cities.

This project will initially focus on Maputo, Mozambique, and Freetown, Sierra Leone, as apposite examples of growing urban economies in Sub-Saharan Africa and other parts of the Global South.


T-SUM is a cross-departmental collaboration between UCL Development Planning Unit at the Bartlett (Prof Caren Levy, Co-Investigator; and Dr Oviedo, Co-Investigator) and the Centre for Transport Studies, part of CEGE (Professor Jones, Principle Investigator; and Dr Cavoli, Co-Investigator and project manager). It involves a range of partners in Maputo and Freetown, including academics, consultants and policy-makers and institutions such as the World Bank and UN-Habitat. The project was born after the UCL team was awarded a seed grant in a competition funded by the UCL Grand Challenge for Sustainable Cities and the UCL Institute for Transport.

Workshops in collaboration with TSUM-PMUS in Maputo


The video presents some of the glimpses of the

T-SUM Workshops in Maputo. In June 2021, a workshop was organized at the Katembe Hotel Gallery with the aim of instigating the involvement of key stakeholders to envision a more desirable and sustainable future for mobility in the Maputo metropolitan area. In November, the development of the second phase of the same workshop was organized to trace the path of approximation and means of implementing sustainability-oriented mobility policies instruments. 

Participants were policy makers, transport operators, members of civil society, researchers and international development institutions With this project, supported by the Municipalities of Maputo, Matola and Boane, the District of Marracuene and the Metropolitan Transport Agency of Maputo, which is financed by the French Development Agency the aim is to bring municipal and district policies closer together with Sustainable Urban Mobility in the Maputo Metropolitan Area.

Julian Kling (MSc) Transport Presentation, 'To what extent can E-ticketing foster multimodal integration of Transport Systems: A Maputo Case Study'

September, 2021

The presentation focuses on a research based on the implementation of a new e-ticketing system on public buses in Maputo, Mozambique’s capital city, exploring the extent to which electronic ticketing can foster the integration of multiple modes in a transport system. This study builds on a critical literature review and five semi-structured interviews with experts on multimodality, e-ticketing and Maputo’s transport system, discovering that e-ticketing can be a powerful tool to facilitate the integration of paratransit. . Finally, it appears to be worth studying how this sector can be consolidated and if the data from the existing e-ticketing system on public buses can contribute to boost acceptance and usage of a digital payment system in Maputo.

Mohamed Dahir (MSc) Transport Presentation, on Exploring the Relationship between Gender Difference and Transport Poverty: A Maputo Case Study

September, 2021

This presentation is based on a study which focuses on Maputo as a case study of a growing urban economy in Sub-Saharan Africa. The main aim is to explore the relationship between transport poverty and gender difference and the associated inaccessibility issues.This study demonstrates that women in Maputo are transport and socially disadvantaged compared to men and therefore experience a higher degree of transport poverty by analysing the T-Sum focus group data using thematic content analysis.

Overview of the T-SUM project in Maputo in two major TV outlets in Mozambique: TV Miranar & StrongLive TV

March, 2022

Freetown Case Study from MOOC on Achieving Transitions to Zero Carbon Emissions and Sustainable Urban Mobility

November, 2022

This presentation is part of the massive online open course (MOOC) on Achieving Transitions to Zero Carbon Emissions and Sustainable Urban mobility that T-SUM findings fed into. The video features both a presentation from the Mayor of Freetown Yvonne Aki Sawyer as well as Dr. Joseph Macarthy, the director of the Sierra Leone Urban Research Center.

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