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For a long time, building roads in rural areas was considered as one of the main solutions to promote economic and social development through improved access to markets, social facilities, and better information flows. However for many developing countries this strategy has proven insufficient

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What do you do as a poor rural farmer when you don't have year-round access to a physical market due to lack of appropriate transport services or infrastructure? And did you know that currently, 70% of the agricultural output of Sub-saharan Africa is headloaded,

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The significant contribution of transport and mobility to the development and the livelihoods of poor people is widely recognised. However, the development sector is yet to fully acknowledge and understand the role of transport in improving poor people’s health.

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Safety and Security

Mobility in rural transport in developing countries largely involves walking and the use of intermediate means of transport (IMTs) in the form of bicycles, animal drawn carts and boats. In all these modes of travel there are both safety and security risks.

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RuTraNs – Rural Transport News

An IFRTD and AFCAP/ASCAP Newsletter: Keeping you up to date with the latest news, events, resources and projects from ac...

Collecting baseline data for rural transport services indicator

The Africa/Asia Community Access Programme (AFCAP/ASCAP) has partnered with IFRTD to carry out research on rural transpo...

IFRTD's baseline study on First Mile transport of tomatoes

Concurrently with the study on rural transport service indicators, IFRTD is carrying out a short survey in Kilolo Distri...

Transport Hubs

Widely dispersed populations, low volume economic activities and   considerable distances between households and se...

Waterways and Livelihoods

For many of the poorest people in the world water transport is their only means of mobility and access to basic services...

Improving Mobility Workshop Series

Eliminating poverty requires the reduction of isolation and social exclusion. It means improving mobility and access so...

Balancing the Load

Balancing the Load was initiated in 1996 with the aim of filling in the gaps in our knowledge about how gender relation...

Simple Stretchers Breathe Life into Rural Nepal

In rural areas of Nepal where there are no roads and motorised transport is not an option, simple stretchers can provid...

Rural Transport Safety and Security

The issue of rural transport safety has been simmering in the IFRTD network for quite some time, especially in Lati...

Poverty Watch: Making Transport Count in Poverty Reduction

Poverty Watch is an IFRTD initiated programme that enables civil society to monitor transport investments and to encour...

Transport Indicators

The Transport and Urban division of the World Bank (TUDTR) is working with various partners and stakeholders to review...

Accessing Health Care on Three Wheels

Taking forward the issues raised by IFRTD's Mobility and Health programme, a project has been launched to address the p...

Developing indicators to assess rural transport services

The IFRTD in conjunction with Paul Starkey has been awarded a research contract by the African Community Access Programm...





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