Addis Ababa

Ethiopia
Mayor Deriba Kuma, Elected 2013

Addis Ababa in our Blog

C40 recently partnered with the Addis Ababa Road and Transport Bureau to deliver a two-day workshop to measure the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction benefits for Addis Ababa’s first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system. A total of 18 representatives from the Addis Ababa Road and Transport Bureau, Transport Authority, Institute of Technology and the Environmental Protection Authority learned how to use available data and make assumptions to demonstrate the impact of BRT’s forecasted operations, construction and manufacturing on emissions.

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Addis Ababa’s new Sheger Express bus system is changing the face of public transport in a city where close to 60% of the population walks to their destination. With the demand for public transportation at an all-time high, the launch of Sheger Express buses promises some relief.

Features of the Sheger Express bus include ease of access for the elderly, physically challenged, pregnant women, and children, air conditioning and a GPS. Passengers can expect a faster commute, with buses arriving at limited stops about every 10 minutes. 

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At the start of December 2015, all eyes were on Paris for the COP21 climate negotiations, regarded by many as a pivotal moment in determining global climate action. C40 was fortunate to be there on the ground to help showcase innovative and effective climate actions taking place in the world’s cities. Through a series of fantastic events at Paris City Hall, Le Bourget and other iconic locations around the city, mayors from around the world gathered to celebrate successful projects and plans, share their stories and knowledge, voice their ideas, and establish opportunities for action over the next 5 years and beyond.

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Ten cities from six C40 regions around the world met in Addis Ababa in February for the first-ever Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Network Workshop. A range of key issues related to transit-oriented development were discussed over three days, including: public engagement and social equity; plans, policies and strategies for TOD; and implementation of TOD. Check out our photo blog on the workshop!

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Africa’s story is slowly changing from a region of poverty and disease to one with a proven track record of economic progress. It has been widely reported that 7 of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world come from Africa. The 2012 Annual Development Effectiveness Report by the African Development Bank indicates that a third of Africa’s countries have recorded a GDP growth of more than 6%, and the percentage of the population living below poverty line dropped to 39% in 2012 from 51% in 2005.

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