Mototaxis au Mali

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Main targeted cities are Bamako and the regional capitals of Ségou, Kayes, Sikasso, Mopti, Koulikoro, Tombouctou, Gao and Kidal.
ML Mali
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In development

About the project Edit

Facing inadequate modes of urban transportation on the one hand and youth unemployment on the other, the National Employment Agency (ANPE) of Mali is supported by private industry to introduce three-wheeled mototaxis. Well-adapted to the layout of our city streets, these motorcycles support the public transportation vehicles that have difficulty accessing certain parts of the city. Therefore, the purchase price of 800,000 CFA francs per unit makes mototaxis accessible to a large number of buyers. In order to provide employment opportunities for young graduates, the ANPE subsidizes the purchase of mototaxis which are used to deliver merchandise and transport people.

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In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

The project is unique and creative because it values the simplicity of the proposed technology. In fact, it is a motorcycle with three wheels, two in the back and one in front. The body is mounted with seats inside to transport people. If the owner wants to transport merchandise, he or she unhooks the seats.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

The added social value of this project is that it facilitates not only moving of the poorest people (the course is 100 CFA francs), but also, it facilitates access to areas in cities that transport vehicles cannot access because the streets are too narrow. City populations in Mali know this technology very well; therefore, there are no limitations in adapting the technology. In fact, these vehicles are perfectly adapted for quick and relatively short stretches that are not necessarily viable for other public transport vehicles that are potentially harmful to pedestrians.

Not only will housewives save time with these mototaxis, but once the errands are done, they won’t have to lug their groceries along a poorly-serviced stretch of road to get home. This is true also for workers who stress about catching the bus on time to get to work.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

There is great potential to expand this initiative and there are already many people who enjoy the technologies whether in small and medium sized cities or in villages. In fact, because the country is 80% agricultural, this initiative encourages harvesting near consumption centres and using trails that are otherwise impassible for regular transport vehicles.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

The triggering factors for this project were: the need for more modes of transportation, but also youth unemployment. We must also acknowledge the influence of countries in the sub-region like Benin and Togo where two-wheeled mototaxis are well developed.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

This project was introduced in Mali when there was a great need for transport, but also when many young graduates were unemployed. By responding to these two problems, the project recovered a large part of the public transportation market and reduced the number of young employed people in the country. Therefore, introducing mototaxis simultaneously responds to two concerns: creating jobs and facilitating the transport of people and goods.


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