Kenya Transport Research Network and Nairobi Bus Rapid Transit – Labour Impact Assessment: Discussion on Preliminary Research and Baseline Study Report Launch


The introduction of BRT will inevitably have a major impact on employment in Nairobi. The development of efficient, affordable and environmentally sustainable public transport will stimulate economic growth and employment for the city and directly create new jobs in BRT operating companies and ancillary services.

At the same time, there are large numbers of workers who currently depend on the informal matatu bus industry, whose livelihoods will be at risk.

KTRN has been working with the Global Labour Institute and matatu workers’ representatives to undertake a preliminary assessment of the impact of BRT on employment, and to encourage the active engagement of matatu workers’ representatives in shaping a modern, accessible, efficient and environmentally sustainable transport system for Nairobi.

In October 2017 researchers undertook a survey among workers in the Nairobi matatu industry to collect baseline data on the workforce. Interviews and focus groups developed a profile of workforce demographics, occupations, work experience and qualifications, employment terms and relationships, working hours and conditions, earnings and major issues experienced at work.

The research also provides evidence of the level of matatu workers’ awareness of BRT, explores the implications of BRT for the matatu workforce and considers policies for the inclusion of workers’ voices in BRT planning and implementation, drawing on the experience of BRT in other countries.

This meeting will launch the report from this preliminary research and provide an open forum for a discussion among stakeholders on its findings, conclusions and further activity.

Co-Hosted by: Global Labour Institute (GLI) and International Transport Workers Federation (ITF)

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Wed Mar 28, 2018
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Institute For Development Studies (IDS), University Of Nairobi, Kenya Transport Research Network (KTRN)