The 7th National Development Plan recognizes that transport and communications play a critical role in the growth and development of Zambia’s economy. Yet, if inappropriately designed, transport strategies and programmes result in networks and services that worsen the conditions of the poor, harm the environment, ignore the changing needs of users, and exceed the capacity of public finances to maintain them.
UNDP Zambia and Ministry of Local Government and Housing on 17th July 2019 signed the Project Document for Pedestrians First Zambia project. The project aims to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs by reducing inequalities amongst road users, enhancing livable cities, decreasing air pollution and improving access to clean energy and wellbeing for a healthier population.
The project focuses on encouraging safe walking and cycling infrastructure and is a catalyst for making Lusaka a livable and more inclusive city. Safe walking and cycling infrastructure, not only will decrease the cost of transport of the disadvantaged but will also contribute to people’s health and have positive benefits on economic productivity.
The project will be a catalyst for converting Lusaka into a livable green city that will encourage business investment, especially in the tertiary and service sectors, and contribute to reduced carbon emissions. Ultimately, this will contribute towards transforming Zambia into a nation of healthy and productive people as outlined in the 2017-2021 7NDP.
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