Mobility for Poor: Improving Informal Transport

Rapid growth and rising popularity of the informal modes of transport among the low income population groups in urban areas can be attributed to the rising demand for urban mobility and the inability of the government to provide adequate and affordable formal transport systems. These systems have emerged to meet the unfilled mobility demand. Realising the role of informal transport in urban mobility systems in developing countries, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi and UN-Habitat are initiating an electronic discussion. We look forward to your views on the following and other aspects related to informal transport.

  • What is informal transport?
  • What is the role of informal transport in meeting the mobility needs of the poor/low-income population?
  • What are the key challenges associated with informal transport?
  • How can we improve informal transport?