A training course on urban planning and mobility in Algerian secondary cities

Algerian cities are suffering from rapid urbanisation with little consideration of accessibility issues. The training course financed by AFD and piloted by MICLAT aims to raise awareness among Wilayas' executives of the challenges of linking urban planning and mobility.

The Ministry of Interior, Territorial Authorities and Town and Country Planning (MICLAT) and the French Development Agency (AFD) have launched a training course on the link between urban planning and urban mobility for executives and technicians from the main Wilayas of Algeria in order to contribute to the development of a common culture on sustainable city.

The training programme, which will benefit a hundred executives from all regions of Algeria, started with a first session in Tlemcen in November 2022 at the National School of City Engineers (ENIV), followed by a second in Oran in December 2022. Two other sessions are planned in Constantine and Ouargla in early 2023.

The training has four sessions with each session lasting about fifteen days. The training is led by experts from Urbaplan and Transitec (associated for the occasion with I-Care), a partnership which has proved its worth, for more than 10 years, in the deployment and running of training courses for executives and managers of cities in the South.

MICLAT proposed this training course to strengthen the capacities of executives working in decentralised services related to urban and regional planning in order for them to better take into account and anticipate the travel needs of the inhabitants of these new districts and propose a multimodal mobility service.

In the Algerian context, they make it possible to address the issues related to:

  •     the rapid emergence of large housing developments on the urban fringes to accommodate population growth and migration to the largest urban centres. The transport systems cannot keep up with the pace, thus contributing to the creation of poorly served and isolated dormitory districts;
  •      the creation of new towns often poorly connected with the main towns, which remain the main centres of employment and higher education in the region;
  •     the development of tramways in the vast majority of Algerian cities without integrated mobility planning which would probably allow investments to be better directed towards a more multimodal public transport system according to the real needs of the city and its inhabitants;
  •     uncontrolled car growth, as Algeria, a hydrocarbon-producing country, maintains very low energy prices, and has a popular car policy.

The challenges of urban mobility in Algeria are many and these training courses are an opportunity for these future managers to understand the stakes and methods to integrate transport and urban planning policies. Beyond the technical content, these training courses are also a great opportunity for Algerian managers to exchange ideas and build a network of managers at the national level who share the same vision of the city of tomorrow.

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