Sustainable transport is an important enabler of poverty alleviation and reducing inequity, if done right. In 2016 the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) initiated the i-STEP programme to safeguard that growing support for sustainable transport in global processes. Sustainable development fully acknowledges the importance of, and support for, the role of both urban and rural transport in the alleviation of poverty, as well as the promotion of inclusive development and equality.
The first phase of the i-STEP programme included: (a) a literature review on transport and poverty focusing on urban poverty; (b) a consultation process among SLoCaT members on level of interest in, and dedicated capacity for, transport and equity as an area of activity, and (c) a White Paper to present options for future work on transport, poverty and equity, including the potential role of the SLoCaT Partnership for such accelerated work on transport, poverty and equity.
Our Literature Review, “Transport, poverty and the principles of social justice,” was launched at HABITAT III in Quito, Ecuador, 2016.