transport / infrastructures

The thematic issues addressed below are the result of consultation with local authorities and with local or international experts in the field, for which we are warmly grateful.

They are indicators both of the desire for a better understanding of the dynamics of a sector, and concern about improving the efficiency of services operations for populations. They are not exhaustive, but are potentially issues that could have a strong impact. While some of them appear to be able to be dealt with by analysis techniques that are known but have not yet been applied thoroughly in Senegal, others require creativity in cross-referencing with data specific to the sector or in terms of calculation method.

We encourage you to visit the ‘ Partners & resources’ pages where we have indicated the first steps for accessing the numerous data items available. And we also invite you to explore the issues addressed in the other themes. There are certainly connections between some of the issues addressed that will also be worth exploring.

It has been demonstrated that the means of transport of goods and people is both strongly correlated and a motor for the economic development of a country, as well as a factor encouraging a society that communicates effectively, which are both factors for the peace and development of the country.
The development of the transport infrastructure in particular in towns towards the interior of the country is a priority and needs quantified decision-making elements to allow correct prioritisation of efforts.

As part of the D4D Senegal competition, the following analyses, which are not exhaustive, could be interesting to explore:

  • identify the demand for mobility by region and by period over the year, to prioritise the roll-out of infrastructure between the various regions by means that are suited to the intensity of the demand for local transport:
    1. construction of roads particularly in the interior regions
    2. crossing transport: bridges, ferries
    3. public transport: bus routes, trains, river transport, ferries, aircraft
    4. civic facilities: hospitals, schools, places of worship
    5. in particular, measure the possible benefit of refurbishment of the railway
    6. optimisation of commercial facilities: shopping, petrol stations, sports centres...

    • measure the need for temporary infrastructure due to ad-hoc events (football match, pilgrimage)
    • optimise tourist infrastructure
    • model towns, and display the main streams for optimisation
    • measure the "before-after" impact of the introduction of facilities.  In particular regarding the following events
      1. opening of the Dakar motorway in 2013
      2. refurbishment of the railway network

  • identify the call signatures in mobile networks related to major road traffic accidents
  • optimise rainwater collection tanks

The work may concern both modelling of transport to help with decision-making and practical applications such as informing the populations.