About Us WATSA

The West African Transportation Safety Association [WATSA] aims to contribute to an efficient, effective and safe transport system. It brings together organisations to harness the potential of civil society and to build a strong, collective voice to address the needs and concerns of citizens on transport issues. Created in 1988 and presently we work in 12 countries within the region 
  Citizen mobilisation and support
  Sector monitoring, advocacy and influence
  Coalition building and institutional development.

Our vision: An efficient and safe transport system for West Africa

Our mission: To contribute to an efficient, effective and safe transport system in West Africa through a strong civil society voice.

Our Core Values:

  •   Integrity
  •   Transparency
  •   Accountability

Why was WATSA formed ?

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in West Africa play a key role in various sectors - from monitoring government programmes, to advocating for better alternatives, to solving community problems. But a limted number of organisations work in the transport sector, and those who face capacity constraints. CSO have a largely been working indepedently of each other to date, resulting in a duplication of activities and limited overall impact.

The Infrastructure sector consumes huge public funds, but complex road and other transport projects are generally seen as a 'no go area' for CSO' and the citizens. Access to information remains limited often due to the centralised management of these projects. Weak citizen participation opens the way to potential corruption, inefficient use of the funds and poor service delivery.

WATSA was formed to empower citizens in West Africa to participate fully in governance of the transport through collective civil society action.

Prioritising Roads

Transport in West Africa includes, rail, water and air, but road is by far the dominant transport mode in the country, carrying over 95 pecent of passenger and freight traffic. Both the National Development Plan and West Africa Vision 2040 have prioritised road transport.

Despite substantial investment over the past decade, the ongoing increase in traffic significantly exceeeds the expansion of the road network. Maintenance is also inadequate, leading to deterioration of existing roads, and road safety is a serious and growing concern.

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