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Entries invited for Colin Relf Young Voices Award
September 2, 2010
Young people from developing countries are encouraged to enter the 2010 Colin Relf Award - Exploring new thinking in rural transport.
Rural Roads are to support agriculture development in Congo Brazzaville
July 6, 2010
1321km of new rural roads in Congo Brazzaville are expected to create new market opportunities for small producers.
Gender, Economic Integration and Cross-Border Infrastructure Development - Post workshop update
July 1, 2010
An update from the organisers of the Gender, Economic Integration and Cross-Border Infrastructure Development Workshop.
Should Uganda ban traditional birth attendants?
April 1, 2010
A recent article from the Katine project in Uganda reflects on the goverments decision to ban traditional birth attendants. What is the role of transport in this debate?
International workshop on Gender, Economic Integration, and Cross-border Road Infrastructure Development: Poverty and Mobility in the Context of Asia. Call for papers - deadline March 20th 2010.
Request for Advice - Transport for Women in Labour in Afghanistan
February 4, 2010
Health Prom, an NGO working to improve health and social care for vulnerable women and children in Europe and Central Asia, are seeking your advice for a small partnership project they are supporting in Northern Afghanistan to reduce newborn and maternal mortality.
Sri Lanka NFG (LFRTD) organises an advocacy workshop on
July 7, 2009
Recommendations made on disbalility sensitive infrastructures and transport services to be mainstreamed in to national transport polcies of Sri Lanka
IFRTD Makes Submission to the UK's DFID White Paper Consultation
June 4, 2009
IFRTD has made a comprehensive submission to the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) White Paper consultation process, highlighting the critical role that rural transport plays in socio-economic development and economic growth.
Atelier national Burkinabé sur la thématique: Transport et Décentralisation
April 29, 2009
Le Groupe Forum National Burkinabé (GFN) organise du 26 au 30 Avril 2009 un atelier national de réflexion sur le thème : « Mobilité et accessibilité en milieu rural du Burkina Faso : enjeux et opportunités des collectivités territoriales dans le contexte
Indian Village Paves Way to Love
March 8, 2009
More than 100 unmarried villagers in India's Bihar state are working flat out to build a 6km (3.7-mile) road to help their efforts to get married.
Ghanaian Health workers warned to stay in rural areas
March 4, 2009
The Northern Regional Minister in Ghana has warns that commuting is taking a negative toll on the output of health personnel working in rural villages.
January 7, 2009
In the hills of Nepal a bridge is not just a crossing place, it’s a lifeline which can mean the difference between poverty and prosperity.
Midwives on Motorbikes
January 7, 2009
Marie Stopes International in Timor Leste has introduced a motorbike outreach initiative to enhance mobility for midwives.
SSATP Publishes a New Knowledge Product
January 7, 2009
SSATP is pleased to share the release of a new knowledge product entitled: A USER GUIDE TO ROAD MANAGEMENT TOOLS
The State of Rural Transport and Development - An International Workshop
November 19, 2008
From 22-24 October 2008, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzanian and international rural transport and development specialists gathered to review the current state of rural transport knowledge and practice. Are we facing the same challenges that existed 20 years ago,
"Mon niveau de pauvreté est plus accrue en raison du manque de transport"
October 30, 2008
De nouveaux témoignages oraux venant de la Mozambique publiés par Panos London ont été mis en relief les questions de transport rural, et l'accès à la santé en particulier.
Actualisation de la stratégie de développement du secteur du transport du Burkina Faso
October 24, 2008
Sous l’initiative du Ministère Burkinabé en charge des Transports, le Burkina Faso va procéder bientôt à l’actualisation de sa Stratégie de développement du secteur du transport
Announcing a 3 day international rural transport workshop
October 6, 2008
IFRTD, the ILO, and TFG announce an international workshop on the state of rural transport and development. The workshop will be held in Dar es Salaam from 22-24 October 2008.
Working Animals in the Aftermath of Disaster - TAWS/BVA Seminar
October 3, 2008
TAWS, the World Association for Transport Animal Welfare and Studies, is hosting a Seminar on the Contribution of Working Animals in the Aftermath of Disaster - 8th October 2008
Mobility and Health in Nepal
October 3, 2008
Two workshops in Nepal in August advanced the profile of mobility and health issues in the Asia region sparking debate amongst representatives from key institutions about how to implement change.
L’annuaire statistique des Transports du Burkina Faso vient de paraître
September 30, 2008
Document de référence en matière de transport au Burkina Faso, l’Annuaire statistique 2007 du Ministère des Transports a été publié
Building the Road to Prosperity
September 23, 2008
SEACAP projects in Vietnam aim to give local workers more skills to build and maintain rural roads, Michael Libucha reports for Vietnam News.
IFAD, ILO and IFRTD team up!
August 11, 2008
In efforts to help institutionalise rural transport and travel within IFAD's agricultural operations, a joint workshop was held in Rome in June 2008.
'Vaccines for Roads' Can Cut Road Deaths in Developing Countries
August 4, 2008
A new report by the International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP) prescribes simple affordable road infrastructure like footpaths, crossing points, and safe junctions to treat the pandemic of road traffic accidents in developing countries.
Mobility and Health in Asia: Policy and Advocacy
August 4, 2008
Asia Regional Workshop to disseminate findings and recommendations of the Mobility & Health international networked research programme.
Nouveau numéro du bulletin "Mobilité" du GFN de la RDC
July 7, 2008
Le bulletin N°13 du mois de Mai 2008 du trimestriel du Groupe Forum National de la RDC vient de paraître.
Workshop on Rural Roads, Transportation and Travel
June 30, 2008
Co-organised by IFAD, ILO and IFRTD, this networking and information-sharing workshop aims to enhance pro-poor performance in Rural Roads, Transportation and Travel (RTT) to help achieve the MDGs.
Impact of fuel price rises in rural Sarawak
June 30, 2008
The Sarawak Dayak National Union (SDNU) recently organised a workshop to explore the impact of fuel price rises in rural Sarawak, Malaysia. Transport recommendations included social obligation subsidies from the private sector, and government support to
Roadmap to Safer Motherhood in Malawi
June 30, 2008
The UK government report on their motorbike ambulance initiative in conjunction with eRangers that is helping pregant Malawian women reach hospital
Using bicycles and motorbikes to spread the HIV message in Uganda
June 7, 2008
The International HIV/AIDS Alliance has been handing out bicycles, motorcycles and cheques in ceremonies across Uganda as part of an initiative to improve the uptake of HIV services in the country.
Safe, Clean, and Affordable… Transport for Development – the new World Bank Transport Strategy 2008-2012
June 3, 2008
The new transport strategy of the World Bank, which amounts to 20% of the Bank´s entire commitments, will shape the transport sector for years to come.
Bus services shun Zimbabwe's deteriorating roads
May 21, 2008
Service providers in the transport sector are shunning the Mberengwa area in Zimbabwe because the district’s road network is not accessible.
Lake Transport in Benin - New Publication
May 12, 2008
The Global Transport Series recently launched a new edition on lake transportation in Benin.
Funding and Project News from GRSP
May 11, 2008
The Global Road Safety Partnership announces major new funding agreements and the rolling out of its helmet wearing programme.
Transport Indicators Workshop in Central and West Africa
May 6, 2008
Following workshops in South Africa, Peru, Kenya and Sri Lanka which were part of a collaboration with the World Bank's Transport and Social Responsibility Thematic group, IFRTD will co-host a workshop in Dakar to be held from 14-18 July 2008.
Poverty in South Africa Exacerbated by poor transport
April 24, 2008
In a recent address South Africa's Transport Minister highlighted that "Poverty is exacerbated in most instances by lack of access to transport"
Wheels to Work
April 14, 2008
The Wheels to Work scheme is helping young people in rural areas of North England to access employment. The scheme loans mopeds to enable young people to access their workplace, apprenticeships and/or training.
Two new editions from the DRC Newsletter online
April 11, 2008
The National Forum Group from DRC Congo has published new Mobility issues (11 and 12 in French) which focus on rural mobility and access in a rehabilitation context.
Improved transport infrastructure in Malawi is key to rural development
April 11, 2008
The need for improved transport infrastructure in Malawi recentlyfeatured in the opinion pages of the Daily Times online newspaper.
The World Bank’s Transport Strategy – Economic and Social Development?
April 8, 2008
The World Bank is the leading international institution influencing change in transport infrastructure and services in developing countries. A one off event in the UK will explore how their new strategy can incorporate both economic and social imperative
Social Roads - a new perspective for transport safety
March 5, 2008
A new publication from Benin explores the interaction between social and commercial activities and safety issues relating to transport infrastructure and services.
The SSATP Annual General Meeting
December 31, 2007
The Annual Meeting of the Sub Saharan Transport Policy Programme was held in Ouagadougou from 5-7 November 2007.
Motorcycle ambulances in Malawi reduce maternal mortality
December 10, 2007
100 eRanger motorcycle ambulances introduced into rural Malawi as part of government's Safe Motherhood Programme.
SDC and Skat announce 11th TRANSNET event
November 25, 2007
The 11th TRANSNET event will take place in SDC head office, Bern Switzerland, Friday 7th December. The main theme will be: Mobility and Health - Results of the International Networked Research Programme.
Maternal Mortality Hits the Headlines
November 6, 2007
Maternal health has featured prominently in the international press in recent weeks. Are we on track to meet MDG 5 – a 75% reduction in the number of maternal mortalities by 2015, and what role can transport play?
Bike Ambulance Project Launched in Namibia
November 5, 2007
Design For Development will enable the manufacture and delivery of more than 60 bike ambulances to communities in Namibia over the next year.
New MDG Review Highlights Transport as Critical Catalyst
October 31, 2007
Transport - the Missing Link? As this year marks the half way point to the Millennium Development Goals a new article published in the MDG Review assesses both the past and future roles of transport as a catalyst to achieving the MDGs.
Zimbabwe: Rural Commuters Are Going Nowhere
October 29, 2007
Rural commuters in Zimbabwe cannot catch a bus to their nearest clinic or shop anymore as the spiralling economic decline forces many transport operators to shut down their services in the countryside.
PNG Network for Rural Transport and Development new newsletters online
October 26, 2007
PNG Network for Rural Transport and Development newsletters online
Atelier de formation des formateurs du SSATP à Nairobi
October 22, 2007
L’atelier de Formation des Formateurs du Programme des Politiques de Transport en Afrique Subsaharienne (SSATP) organisé à Nairobi du 11 au 19 Octobre 2007 a connu la participation effective de l’IFRTD.
Cambodia National Community of Transport Practitioners (CNCTP) drafts their Strategy for 2007-2010
October 4, 2007
Cambodian National Community of Transport Practioners (CNCTP) is in the process of drafting their strategy to assist addressing the issues of the rural transport sector in the country.
Bridging the Gap - An International Networked Research Forum
September 20, 2007
The culmination of the Mobility and Health Networked Research Programme (2005-07) is the International Networked Research Forum. A series of internlinked events bringing together researchers, practitioners and policymakers to bridge the gap between the he
The Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA)
September 7, 2007
A partnership between bilateral donors, multilateral agencies and African institutions, the ICA makes its members more effective at supporting infrastructure by pooling efforts in selected key areas.
From Mountain to Market
August 24, 2007
The latest edition in the IFRTD Update Series profiles a recent programme by Practical Action Nepal to demonstrate gravity ropeway technology as a viable means of goods transportation in hilly and mountainous regions.
SEACAP Programme Update: Sustainable Rural Roads Access in Lao PDR
August 11, 2007
An update from SEACAP 17 in Lao PDR which aims to identify cost effective locally resourced methods of improving year round rural road access for poor rural communities.
At the Crossroads: Which Way Now for the World Bank’s Transport strategy?
August 11, 2007
The Bretton Woods Project recently published a brief by Public World Director Brendan Martin likening the World Bank’s new transport strategy to a British train ‘running late with no public announcement as to the delay’.
Announcing an International Symposium on Mobility and Health - October 2007
August 8, 2007
The Mobility and Health international networked research programme will culminate with an International Symposium at the Global Forum for Health in Beijing, China.
French Virtual Forum Announced.
August 7, 2007
IFRTD members in Central and Western Africa and other francaphone nations are invited to share in a series of discussions on rural transport services throughout July 2007.
Regional Workshop on Animal Welfare
August 7, 2007
KENDAT in collaboration with AWAKE (Animal Welfare Action, Kenya) and ATNESA (Animal Traction Network for East and Southern Africa) is planning a regional workshop on Animal Welfare - September 24 - 28, 2007.
International Engineers Course - Labour based road construction and maintenance
August 7, 2007
The Kisii Training Centre in Kenya is running an international course to equip engineers with labour based road construction and maintenance methods. Applications are invited for the course running from 8th October - 17th November 2007.
Taxis used to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in China
August 7, 2007
In China the friendly relationship between taxi driver and passenger is being used to promote HIV/AIDS awareness
SEACAP Programme Update: Updating Cambodia's Rural Roads Policy
August 6, 2007
An update on the ongoing SEACAP funded process to update Cambodia's Rural Roads Policy.
Sustainable Road Financing & Investment
July 4, 2007
Papers from an international Seminar held in Tanzania to address issues of sustainable road financing and investment, are now online.
Have you taken a photo worth $500
July 3, 2007
The Development Gateway has launched an annual photo contest that looks for compelling photographs of socio-economic development in developing countries.
New Rural Transport Blog
June 30, 2007
An opportunity to become a guest blogger for the gTKP rural transport blog.
Improving Access to Markets and Services in Bhutan
May 15, 2007
In April 2007 the World Bank approved an IDA grant of $10 million to fund the Second Bhutan Rural Access Project.
Mobility and Health in the Amazon.... An update...
April 30, 2007
Early research findings are shared in a report from a community research workshop held in Cenepa, Northern Peru as part of the Mobility and Health Networked Research Programme.
Gender Focus for the Village Bicycle Project in Ghana
April 19, 2007
Ghana's Village Bicycle Project's 2006 review is now online introducing new women's programmes that are training women as bicycle repair instructors.
Outcomes of the Africa Transport Safety Conference
March 27, 2007
The Africa Transport Safety Conference brings into profile the issue of Rural Transport Safety
Children, Mobility and Transport in Sub-Saharan Africa
November 3, 2006
An inception workshop was held for in Malawi for this innovative new research programme on children, mobility and transport in Sub-Saharan Africa
Bearing the Milk Burden
October 31, 2006
A workshop in Uruguay will address the challenges of developing rural infrastructure to support the needs of the milk trade.
IFRTD nominated as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Planning of the 4th African Road Safety Congress.
October 2, 2006
IFRTD has been invited to be a member of the advisory committee that is organising the 4th African Road Safety Congress. (Ghana, February 2007)
Women, Development and Transport in Rural Eastern Cape, South Africa
September 27, 2006
A newly published monograph from HSRC Press
Riding and Sliding for a better health!
September 26, 2006
African, Asian and Latin American researchers meet in regional workshops to finalise overall methodology on Mobility and Health Research
The Makete Approach: From Pilot Project to Policy Impact and Institutionalisation
September 3, 2006
A new research study is launched to assess the impact of the Makete Integrated Rural Transport Project 20 years after its inception
id21 insight on Rural Transport and the MDGs
June 28, 2006
The Institute of Development Studies has published a new id21 insight with the theme of rural transport and the Millennium Development Goals.
www.mobilityandhealth.org is live!
June 6, 2006
A new web site is launched for the International Mobility and Health programme
Post-disaster Guidelines launched by LFRTD
January 30, 2006
The Lanka Forum for Rural Transport and Development (LFRTD) has launched Guidelines for the rehabilitation of Rural Transport systems after natural disaster
Call for Papers
May 26, 2005
TRB have put out a call for papers on behalf of the Women's Issues in Transportation Committee. There is a topic on transportation issues in developing countries (relating to the Millennium Development Goals).
Forum News 15.3: Why are we still talking about women headloading?
November 9, 2010
Download Forum News 15.3 which focuses on the gender and transport agenda; what has been achieved and what comes next.
Forum News 15.2: Health and Transport: a pioneering partnership
November 8, 2010
Download Forum News 15.2 which focuses on the findings of the Mobility and Health Networked Research Programme.
Transport safety: a rural epidemic too
November 6, 2010
An article featured in the 2010 Commonwealth Ministers Reference Book. Highlighting IFRTD's commitment to broadening international understanding of the transport safety agenda to encompass the experience of communities in rural settings.
Transport and the Three Delays Model of Mortality
November 3, 2010
A poster depicting the links between mobility and health for poor communities in developing countries using the Three Delays Model of Maternal Mortality.
A compilation of abstracts presented at the Gender, Economic Integration and Cross-Border Infrastructure Development Workshop in June 2010 is now available online.
Presentations made at the IFRTD side event hosted at the 18th Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development
The latest Forum News edition now available online, focuses on the innovative children and mobility research programme pioneered by the University of Durham
Issue 14.4 of Forum News, IFRTD's thematic bulletin, focuses on climate change and rural transport.
Perutube on the Airwaves
March 26, 2010
Listen to Joe Myerscough from Radio Roundhouse's Arts Attack programme interviewing Ana Bravo, Silvia Bravo and Matt Barker about the Messages from the Amazonas project.
Children, Transport and Mobility - Sharing Experiences of Young Researchers in Ghana, Malawi, and South Africa
January 1, 2010
Children, transport and mobility shares the experiences of young researchers from Ghana, Malawi and South Africa. These young researchers were participating in a research programme led by the university of Durham to...
Balancing the Load, Women, Gender and Transport Coedited by Priyanthi Fernando and Gina Porter (2002)
October 1, 2009
The book, Balancing the Load. Women, Gender and Transport, brings together case studies from an international networked research programme.
A Means to an end: transport and the Millennium Development Goals
November 5, 2008
An exploration of the critical relationship between transport and each of the MDGs, and the challenges that must be overcome to enable transport to maximise its potential and fulfil a catalytic role in the delivery of the MDGs by the 2015 deadline.
We are not alone anymore
January 1, 2007
“We are not alone anymore” by Clarisse Cunha Winning Entry in IFRTD's January 2007 Opinions Fair Contest.
An opinion piece on the work of ...
A literature review on Mobility and Health prepared by Dr Kate Molesworth, Swiss Centre for International Health.
Forum News 13.1: Transport Hubs: A new perspective for rural transport services
June 2, 2006
Forum News issue focusing on rural transport hubs.
Mobility and Health Research Guidance Manual
March 3, 2006
The research guidance manual developed by researchers in the Mobility and Health programme. includes the conceptual framework for the programme and guidelines for interview techniques, data collection, disaggregating data and gender inclusivity.
Forum News issue highlighting the IFRTD Poverty Watch programme and its findings.
The Makete Approach: The Case of PIRTP and RAMPA in Malawi. By Alexander R Phiri
January 15, 2006
This Malawi case study is part of a series of studies completed under and IFRTD initiated project 'The Makete Approach' to evaluate the impact of the pioneering MIRTP project on the policy and institutional landscape of todays transport sector.
Forum News 12.3: Rural Transport for a Greener Future
December 2, 2005
Forum News issue focused on rural transport and the environment.
Forum News 12.2: Passive Recipients to Active Participants
September 2, 2005
Forum News focused on community participation in transport management.
Forum News 12.1: Reconstructing Vulnerability or Reconstruction with Change?
March 2, 2005
Forum News focusing on transport and disasters.
This interactive Toolkit identifies some of the key factors that influence the success or failure of locally driven rural transport interventions.
Forum News 10.3: Making Transport Work for the Poor
March 3, 2003
Forum News issue focused on transport and poverty.
Forum News 10.2: Virtual Access - Taking the Super Highway
October 3, 2002
Forum News focusing on ICTs and rural access.
Forum News 10.1: Reducing Risk and Accelerating Recovery
July 3, 2002
Forum News focusing on rural transport and disasters.
Local Transport Solutions for Rural Development
June 5, 2002
Download the photographic book by Paul Starkey
Forum News 9.4: Moving Mountains
April 1, 2002
Forum News issue 9.4 (April 2002) focuses on access and mobility in mountainous areas.
Forum News 9.3: Community Driven
January 3, 2002
Forum News focusing on the viability of Community Transport Solutions
Forum News 9.2: Good Governance and Capacity Building, 2 Sides of the Same Coin
October 3, 2001
Forum News focusing on transport and governance.
Forum News 8.4: Transport Safety is it a Rural Issue?
May 3, 2001
Forum News focused on transport and safety.
Forum News 8.3: Addressing the Needs of Vulnerable Groups
February 3, 2001
Forum News focusing on transport and vulnerable groups.
Forum News 8.2: Too Fast, Too Slow? - Fiscal Policy in the Transport Sector
September 3, 2000
Forum News issue focusing on transport, taxation and economic policies.
Forum News 8.1: Transport with Animal Power
June 3, 2000
Forum News issue focusing on animal traction.
Forum News 7.4: Bridges: linking Rural Communities to Livelihoods
May 3, 2000
Forum News issue focused on bridges.
Forum News 7.3: The Forum Looks to the Future
January 3, 2000
Millennium edition of Forum News
Regional West and Central Africa
Safety and Security
Regional Latin America
Regional East and South Africa
Mobility as a Human Right