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October 14, 2014

Transport stakeholders are concerned that - like was the case with the MDG framework - transport, a key enable in achievement of important policy goals such as poverty reduction, maternal health, has only a fleeting mention in the current SDG document.

Pilot Study on First Mile Transport Challenges in the Onion Small Holder Sector
July 16, 2014
IFRTD, with the support of AFCAP have released a report titled Pilot Study on First Mile Transport Challenges in the Onion Small Holder Sector in Kenya.   replica watches

AFCAP Technical Services Manager required
March 3, 2011

Successful candidate will help roll out AFCAP's transport initiative to improve the sustainable access of poor women and men in rural communities in five sub-Saharan African countries.

November 22, 2010
One of AFCAP’s objectives is to promote transport services in rural areas. To this end AFCAP now invites Project Concept Notes (PCNs) for research projects on Rural Transport Services in sub-Saharan Africa.

Reminder: Innovation Award for Road Transport in Developing Countries
November 1, 2010

Details on a brand new award honouring the best efforts on the ground and in promoting the application of innovative, sustainable and good practices in the field of transport in the developing world.

IFRTD Regional Coordinator Peter Njenga on the Significance of the New Makete Website
September 2, 2010

East and Southern Africa Regional Coordinator, Peter Njenga, reflects on the significance of the new website that charts the history of the small Tanzanian transport programme that had a formative influence on the rural transport sector

thumbnail of Entries invited for Colin Relf Young Voices AwardEntries 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.

The Rising Nepal highlights Rural Transport
July 5, 2010
Following the recent Gender and Transport Workshop in Bangkok Jhabindra Bhandari writes in the Rising Nepal about some of the critical issues that persist in rural areas of developing countries.

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.

thumbnail of Mobility and Health in the BOND NetworkerMobility and Health in the BOND Networker
June 15, 2010

IFRTD's mobility and health research is featured in the latest edition of BOND's 'Networker' publication.

Bringing the Mobility and Health Discussion to the UN CSD
June 8, 2010

IFRTD highlighted rural transport, with a particular focus on Mobility and Health, at the Eighteenth Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-18). Find out more and download the presentations.

Transaid on Youtube
May 21, 2010
Catch up on Transaid's work at their Youtube channel.

Workshop Postponed
May 4, 2010
The International Workshop on Gender, Economic Integration and Cross-border Road Infrastructure Development has been postponed to 11-12 June 2010 due to current events in Bangkok.

Uganda: 400 children die in road accidents
May 4, 2010

At least 400 children, mostly pedestrians, die in road accidents in Uganda every year, the Ministry of Works and Transport has announced. There are a further 1,200 serious injuries every year.

The final report of the WCA regional meeting is now online
May 4, 2010

The IFRTD West and Central Africa regional meeting has given new breath to the network as work plans are set for the year ahead

EU helps Malawi to improve 1,500 km of rural feeder roads
May 4, 2010

ILO Course: Employment-intensive investment for sustainable development
May 4, 2010
The training course will consider the adoption and effective implementation of national policies and investment programmes favouring the optimum use of the employment intensive techniques in order to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development

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?

Just one Ambulance for Every 110,000 People in Northern Nigeria
April 1, 2010
How Transaid are working to establish a sustainable programme of ambulance driver training and assessment in Katsina state, northern Nigeria.

6th International Colloquium on Working Equids
March 24, 2010
Announcing a call for short papers for the 6th International Colloquium on Working Equids (29th Dec - 3rd Dec 2010, India). Rural transport is one of 8 themes at the event.

A Helmet on Every Head
March 24, 2010
The Global Helmet Vaccine Initiative (GHVI) aims to promote motorcycle helmet wearing across the developing world, working in partnership with governments, the private sector and non-governmental organisations.

Call for Papers - Gender, Economic Integration and Cross Border Road Infrastructure Development
March 20, 2010

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.

IFRTD Research Intern Vacancy
February 22, 2010
IFRTD seeks a Research Intern to focus on Website Content.

IFRTD Research Internship Vacancy - Fundraising
February 22, 2010
IFRTD seeks a fundraising intern to focus on fundraising. Deadline for applications: 5th March 2010

Job Vacancy - Infrastructure Specialist, Skat.
February 22, 2010
Skat seeks to recruit an experienced Infrastructure Specialist. Deadline for applications 31 March 2010

TTi Projects Underway
February 4, 2010
Get involved with the newly established Transport Training Initiative through their call for participation in two new projects.

thumbnail of Request for Advice - Transport for Women in Labour in AfghanistanRequest 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.

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July 7, 2009
Recommendations made on disbalility sensitive infrastructures and transport services to be mainstreamed in to national transport polcies of Sri Lanka

thumbnail of Re~Cycle Ships 30,000th Bike!Re~Cycle Ships 30,000th Bike!
July 7, 2009
Re~Cycle ease the transport burden of women, children, outreach workers, farm workers and commuters in Africa by collecting and shipping second-hand bicycles

An Achievement for us to Celebrate
July 7, 2009
The Rural Transport and Development Group of Orinoquia, Colombia (TRADO), formalises research collaboration with the Colombian Institute for the Development of Science - Colciencias

IFRTD's Colin Relf Young Voices Award - Second Round Winners Announced
June 12, 2009
IFRTD is delighted to announce the winners of the second round of the Colin Relf Young Voices Award, in which young people from developing countries expressed their ideas and opinions on the role of rural transport in sustainable agricultural development.

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.

In Wamakko, Donkeys are Ambulances
June 3, 2009
According to villagers, the lack of vehicles has now compelled them to engage the services of donkeys to convey the sick to the local government headquarters a few kilometres away, before getting a vehicle to hospital in Sokoto, the state capital

Health Without Limits in Peru
June 3, 2009
Salud Sin Limites (Health without Limits) Peru has embarked on a transit accident research programme to inform the public policy debate

Turning Point – The New Road Safety Documentary
June 3, 2009
This hard-hitting film, presented by actress Michelle Yeoh, investigates the neglect of road safety by the international community and unveils the true scale of the hidden epidemic of road traffic injuries in developing countries

South African Bike Factory in New Phase
May 19, 2009
The Shova Kalula project to provide a bike for everyone in South Africa has entered a new phase with an ‘expression of interest’ being issued for a manufacturing plant to help produce 1,000,000 bikes.

Invest More in Africa's Roads
May 18, 2009
The goods which finally reach Katine market all bear the cost of transport over hundreds of miles to get there. Every Katine farmer ends up paying steeply for the costs of transporting his goods to market.

Motorbikes and Midwives: Delivering Better Care for Kenya's Mums
May 8, 2009
DfID (UK Government) report on putting in place newly-trained community health workers, a civic education programme and a new maternity unit in Kenya

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

500 Bikes for Peace in Northern Uganda
April 29, 2009
UNDP has launched its ‘peace bikes’ campaign which aims to support and broaden women’ s contributions to the peace process and combat sexual and gender-based violence

IFRTD Latin America Takes Research Results to the Policy-Makers
April 29, 2009
New funding will help IFRTD members use creative communication tools to take their research results to policy-makers

National Workshop: Asset Management in Rural Roads - Issues and Challenges
April 29, 2009
Organised by PMGSY (Indian National Rural Roads Programme) the workshop will take place in Hyderabad, India, 28th-29th April 2009

5th Latin America and Caribbean Forum on HIV/AIDS and STIs
April 3, 2009
Key event to take place this May in Lima, Perú

Course: Road Safety in Asian & Latin American Countries - Principles & Approaches
March 9, 2009
The second edition of this road safety training programme will empower participants to measure and assess road (un)safety and road situations in their own country

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.

New ILO Publication:
March 7, 2009

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.

Fury Over Rural Bus Service Cut in Scotland
March 4, 2009
Low numbers and high costs blamed for axing of rural bus service that will affect most vulnerable

What is Road Safety Education?
February 14, 2009
This video short gives an inspiring snapshot into the successes of the Escuela Segura (Safety School) programme in Argentina

ILO Training Course on
February 12, 2009
This course will focus on how to conceive and implement employment-intensive infrastructure programmes, as well as how to mainstream these approaches into poverty reduction strategies and national development policies

Boom Time for Indian Bike Industry
January 7, 2009
1.5 million school children entitled to a bicycle under the Government's Child Education Development Schemes

Suspense Story
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.

thumbnail of Midwives on MotorbikesMidwives 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

Call for Expressions of Interest - African Community Access Programme
January 7, 2009
Firms, individuals, academic institutions or other organisations with relevant research and consultancy capability are invited to express interest in providing services to AFCAP projects

thumbnail of Mobility and Health Workshop in South Africa: sharing experiencesMobility and Health Workshop in South Africa: sharing experiences
December 4, 2008
Cohosted by gTKP and the Southern Africa National Transport Forum (SA-NFG), IFRTD is organising a three-day workshop (8-10 December) that aims at providing greater visibility to the links between access to health care and the challenges of transportatio

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,

International Conference on Road Safety at Work
November 4, 2008
The first international conference dedicated to discussing strategies to prevent road traffic crashes, a leading cause of workplace death, injury, and disability in countries around the world.

Innovative System to Measure Environmental Impact of Infrastructure Projects
November 4, 2008
New award winning Latin American Condor program tool integrates environmental and biodiversity conservation criteria in evaluating infrastructure projects

GTZ Seeking Urban Transport Expert
November 4, 2008
The GTZ Sustainable Urban Transport Project (SUTP) is in need of an urban transport expert with experience of project management and preferably with experience in international organisations.

Limiting Rural-Urban Transport Links in Pune, India
November 4, 2008
Bus services to the rural outskirts of Pune restricted as companies struggle to cope with increased demand from within city boundaries

"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.

DANIDA introduces rural transport issues at universities in Benin
October 24, 2008
In the context of its national communication strategy, DANIDA Benin has promoted the main transport-funded programme at several universities in June 2008.

Follow-up workshop in DRC
October 24, 2008
The National Forum Group in the Democratic Republic of Congo organises a meeting following a recent gTKP workshop on governance in Cameroon

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.

thumbnail of The Power of Two WheelsThe Power of Two Wheels
October 1, 2008
UNAIDS reports on how bicycles are enabling volunteer home-based care providers to reach people living with HIV, and how it is helping to change how the service is perceived

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September 30, 2008
L’atelier régional Afrique sur le thème «Mobiliser la société civile pour la promotion de la gouvernance dans le Transport» s’est tenu à Yaoundé du 23 au 25 septembre 2008, avec une forte participation des membres de l’IFRTD

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

Averting Maternal Death and Disability
September 23, 2008
A study into motorcycle ambulances for referral of obstetric emergencies in rural Malawi: Do they reduce delay and what do they cost?

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.

Road Safety Research Consultant Vacancy, Cambodia.
September 15, 2008
Handicap International Belgium (HIB) is currently seeking a qualified and motivated person to fulfill the position of Road Safety Research Consultant for their 'Road Safety Cambodia' initiative.

Signed: Statement of Intent for a SWAp in the Nepali Rural Transport Sector
September 3, 2008
7 major donors adopt a mainly labour based, environmentally friendly and participatory Sector Wide Approach (SWAp) for the Rural Transport Sector in Nepal.

thumbnail of IFRTD Asia organises Health and Transport  Advocacy Workshop in NepalIFRTD Asia organises Health and Transport Advocacy Workshop in Nepal
September 2, 2008
Health, Rural Transport and National Planning government officials together with Mobility & Health Researchers agreed to set policies that will address the key issues faced by rural communties in getting access to Health.

The Global Road Safety Partnership Asia Seminar- Together, We Can Make a Difference
September 2, 2008
The Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) will host the GRSP/ASIA Road Safety Seminar from 14th-15th of October, 2008 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Call for Road Safety Consultants
August 30, 2008
Consia Consultants are seeking road safety experts to join their international team.

India is redefining poverty
August 22, 2008
Access to basic services will be included in next National Sample Survey in India to get better overview of poverty.

New LFRTD Newsletters now online
August 11, 2008
The Dec 07 and July 08 editions of the LFRTD Newsletter are now available for download.

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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.

Reviving the Water Transport Sector
August 4, 2008
There are calls to reverse the decline in use and investment in Bangladesh' inland waterways as a means of transportation.

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.

The Long Road Ahead
August 4, 2008
SEACAP 21, a DFID programme in Lao, is providing University Students with practical experience of slope and soil stabilisation techniques using local labour and materials.

Kingdom of Elephants Marches On
August 4, 2008
Recently officials from the Lao Ministry of Public Works (MPWT), Provincial Transport Departments, and SEACAP met to discuss the findings of a SEACAP feasibility report on capacity to carry out soil and slope stabilisation work on roads affected by landsl

Shell Sustainable Bitumen is hosting an Affordable Rural Roads Symposium
August 1, 2008
On August 22 Shell Sustainable Bitumen will co-host a Rural Roads Symposium in El Salvador

Think-Tank Initiative First Call for Expressions of Interest: East and West Africa
July 30, 2008
The Initiative will provide multi-year funding to promising think tanks committed to using research to inform and influence social and economic policy.

World Bank Supports Road Improvements in Sri Lanka
July 30, 2008
"This project will help farmers transport their produce to markets on time [and] is crucially important to boost economic growth and reduce regional inequality in Sri Lanka"

gTKP Africa Governance Workshop coming soon...
July 30, 2008
Scheduled to be held in Cameroon from 23rd - 25th September, 2008 more details are now available on how to register and/or apply for grants.

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.

thumbnail of Workshop on Rural Roads, Transportation and TravelWorkshop 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.

New Graduate Course in Gender, Transportation and Development
June 30, 2008
The Asian Institute of Technology has launched a new graduate course on Gender, transportation and development. The course commences in August and is currently open for applications.

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

Rural Roads Project will improve the Quality of Life in Rural Albania
June 30, 2008
The World Bank approved a US$20 million credit for a rural roads project in Albania to improve access to essential services and economic markets, especially in rural areas, by improving the condition, management and financing of regional and local roads

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

Strategies and Tools for Gender and Agriculture - an ODI Event
June 30, 2008
Catherine Bertini, from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will look at the importance of gender in agricultural development, particularly as it relates to South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa in an event organised by the Overseas Development Institute

3rd Latinamerican Asphalt Technical Seminar and 6th International Asphalt Conference
June 30, 2008
Taking place 4th - 9th of August in Bucaramanga, Colombia the programme and exhibitions will highlight the latest designs, products and materials from the sector

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.

Rural Roads Worst affected by Sichuan Earthquake
June 7, 2008
Following the earhquake in Sichuan Province, China, over 17,000 km of rural roads have been destroyed at a cost of 16.2 billion yuan.

Provincial Congress of Road Safety Education, Buenos Aires, Argentina
June 4, 2008
The first congress of its kind in the region dedicated to developing road safety education as it is taught in Primary and Nursery Schools.

The Rise of Non-Engineered Roads in Nepal
June 3, 2008
With a new mood of political optimism in the country robust, but often slower practices of participatory road construction, have given way to ad hoc construction utilising heavy machinery

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.

Villagers in North Eastern Pakistan Protest About the Poor State of Repair of an Important Local Road
May 21, 2008
On Sunday 4th May 08 hundreds of villagers protested about the poor condition of the Kahuta-Karot Road in the Province of Punjab, Pakistan.

Kisii Training Centre organises International Engineers Course
May 13, 2008
From 6 October to 14 November 2008, the Kisii Training Centre in Kenya organises an International Engineers Course in labour-based technologies

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May 12, 2008
A new four year core funding agreement signals SDCs commitment to pro-poor transport policy and practice.

Proceedings of The Sub Saharan Africa Transport Policy Program's (SSATP) 2007 annual meeting now available online
May 12, 2008
The main theme for the SSATP's 2007 annual meeting held in Burkina Faso in November 2007 was “Fostering sound policies and strategies, contributing to Africa’s integration, economic growth and poverty reduction”.

Lake Transport in Benin - New Publication
May 12, 2008
The Global Transport Series recently launched a new edition on lake transportation in Benin.

Southern African Development Community (SADC) Road Safety Practitioners Convention to be held in Windhoek, Namibia on the 8th and 9th of April 2008.
May 12, 2008
The conference aims facilitate the harmonisation of road safety standards and practices in the Southern African region and will focus on seat belt usage and road safety funding.

The Papua New Guinea ‘Eastern Highlands, Women in Agriculture’ association call for greater assistance with getting produce to market
May 12, 2008
This highlands women’s association are publicising the fact that high transportation costs and poor road infrastructure, amongst other factors, prevent them from getting their goods to market

Intermediate Means of Transport Engineer needed for Lesotho Access and Mobility Study
May 12, 2008
An IMT Engineer is needed to join an 8 person multi-disciplinary team in March 2008 conducting a study into basic access and mobility standards and needs in Lesotho.

Transaid Project puts Women Market Traders Back in the Driving Seat
May 12, 2008
A Transaid project in Accra, Ghana is assisting market women to own, manage and control their own fleet of transport to help reduce the transport burden they face.

China and Democratic Republic of Congo to Complete Massive Mining for Infrastructure Deal
May 12, 2008
A deal worth $9 billion allowing China access to DRC copper and cobalt reserves in return for roads, railways and other infrastructure will be sealed imminently.

Boletín de Seguridad Vial para una Conducción Segura
May 12, 2008
Ya salió el último número del boletín de Seguridad Vial que publica mensualmente el ISEV, Argentina. Este número trae como tema Los Motocicilstas, Riesgo en Aumento. Para solicitar una copia, escriba a:

$1.15bn ADB boost to Pakistan’s Road and Reform programmes
May 11, 2008
Major rehabilitation and expansion of Pakistan's road network will help foster national and regional trade routes.

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.

thumbnail of Suspension Bridge Collapse in Nepal Kills 19Suspension Bridge Collapse in Nepal Kills 19
May 11, 2008
19 dead after a suspension bridge in the Surkhet district of Nepal collapsed during a full moon festival.

New Global Road Safety Blog
May 11, 2008
Follow a new blog by Matt Ericson, a PhD student at Monash University, Australia, who is currently undertaking research on rural road safety in Cambodia and the Lao PDR.

Building boom drives rapid AIDS spread in Indonesia
May 11, 2008
Indonesia's construction boom is driving an "exponential" rise in HIV-AIDS infections as mobile migrant workers are more likely to engage in high-risk sex, the Asian Development Bank recently warned.

India is teeming with cars; skilled drivers still scarce
May 11, 2008
Even as Tata Motors unveiled the world's cheapest car, anybody negotiating traffic here can see many hurdles still hinder the new Indian romance with the road.

Improved infrastructure brings economic and social growth in Papua New Guinea
May 11, 2008
The growth in income due to rural infrastructure improvements is not to be understated. It has meant a difference in promoting poverty reduction.

Phelophepa, the South African 'Miracle Health Train' is providing services to over 45,000 people a year
May 11, 2008
In a recent visit to London, the Manager of Phelophepa, gave a speech about this innovative 16 carriage train project that delivers primary healthcare to South Africa's rural poor.

Impact of Transport on Access to health services for PLWHA in Namibia
May 11, 2008
Transport plays a crucial role in increasing access to health services for communities in Namibia, especially for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). This outcome is based on an assessment carried out by the Bicycle Empowerment Network in partnership wit

Cultivating the Desert - new paper on rural transport knowledge in Latin America
May 8, 2008
'Cultivating the desert: Putting knowledge of rural transport on the agenda of Latin American development' is the title of a new paper published in the Knowledge Management for Development Journal (Vol. 4, issue 1, April 2008).

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.

The health benefits of transport projects: a review of the World Bank transport sector lending portfolio
May 1, 2008
World Bank paper reviews contribution of its $28bn trasport lending porfolio to health outcomes over the past decade.

New Highways Revitalise Ancient Tea Horse Roads
April 29, 2008
China´s ancient trade routes - "Tea Horse Roads" - are being revitalised, helping tea farmers reach markets and communities access services.

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.

Major Road Project to Link Western Mongolia with PRC and Russia
April 11, 2008
Ambitious $200 million road project will link Mongolia with the People's Republic of China and Russia. Project will include road safety and community development components.

Treating access as a means to an end: an example from Nepal
April 11, 2008
A new overview of the Decentralised Rural Infrastructure and Livelihoods Project (DRILP) in Nepal demonstrates that local infrastructural development is considered as a means to an end, rather than previously an end in itself.

Riders for Health introduces motorbikes for health workers in Lesotho
April 11, 2008
Working with the government of Lesotho and other development organisations Riders for Health will manage 120 bikes, to be rolled out in two batches of 60.

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.

Micro Credit Programme Addresses Rural Women's Transport Burden
April 8, 2008
A bicycle micro credit programme aims to empower women to reduce their transport burden in Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, and Burkina Faso.

Completion of the Joint Regional STD/HIV/AIDS Project along the Abidjan-Lagos Transport Corridor
April 8, 2008
The Corridor Project, which cost a total of US$19.9 million, expanded vulnerable person access to support services, basic care, treatment and prevention of STD/HIV/AIDS at border posts between five West African countries.

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

UN says road deaths kill as many as Aids
April 8, 2008
UN meeting highlights "neglected" international health crisis: road accidents, already the biggest killer of young people worldwide.

Uganda National Forum Group held strategic workshop
April 1, 2008
The Uganda Transport Forum Group held a consultative brainstorming workshop on March 18 to assess how the Uganda NFG should develop its own strategic priorities aligned to IFRTD's overall strategy 2007-2011.

Call for participation!
March 11, 2008
Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) is welcoming participation for a World Bank-funded technical manual on Community-led Road and Rural Access Projects.

Mexico City Rolls Out Women-Only Buses
March 5, 2008
Groping and verbal harassment is a sad reality for women using public transportation and recently ladies-only buses have been introduced based on the success of segregated metros.

thumbnail of Social Roads - a new perspective for transport safetySocial 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.

Public Seminar held in Sri Lanka on ‘Resettlement Issues on Highway Development’
March 2, 2008
Lanka Forum on Rural Transport Development (LFRTD) organised a public seminar on ‘Resettlement Issues on Highway Development’ on the 19th February, 2008 at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute in Colombo. Mr. S Meihandan – AGM Projects/Project Director – So

Repositioning the Rural Transport and Development Agenda in Zimbabwe.
December 31, 2007
A workshop to outline the priorities for the Zimbabwe NFG as it enters its second decade.

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.

Workshop on road safety management
December 30, 2007
SSATP and GRSF organise a joint workshop on road safety management in Addis Abeba from 28-30 November.

Promoting Trail Bridges in Nepal
December 30, 2007
The Nepal Trail Bridge Forum are promoting the use of trail bridges for mountain communities through their impressive quarterly magazine - Pahunch.

IFRTD agenda presented at TICAD Civil Society Forum Workshop
December 30, 2007
A clear message to prioritise the role of rural transport in poverty reduction was delivered by the IFRTD to participants of the recent TICAD Civil Society Forum (TCSF) in Tokyo.

Rural Connectivity and Health Care in India
December 25, 2007
India's former president Dr APJ Kalam has called for improved rural connectivity with better transport facilities as a means of delivering better health care services.

Culture puts the brake on women's mobility
December 24, 2007
for many women in South Africa, culture and tradition make it difficult to take advantage of the increased mobility and access to social and economic opportunities offered by bicycles.

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December 10, 2007
100 eRanger motorcycle ambulances introduced into rural Malawi as part of government's Safe Motherhood Programme.

IFRTD participated in the 14th Road Safety Conference
November 28, 2007
The 14th International Conference on Road Safety on 4 Continents (RS4C) welcomed a brilliant and remarkable participation from IFRTD.

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.

thumbnail of Introducing rural transport in the university curricularIntroducing rural transport in the university curricular
November 24, 2007
The University of Dschang in West Cameroon has agreed to introduce rural transport issues in its curricular.

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?

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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.

thumbnail of All You Need to Know About IRAPAll You Need to Know About IRAP
November 3, 2007
Integrated Rural Accessibility Planning - IRAP for short - has proved to be one of the most successful and enduring planning tools to have emerged from the rural transport field. Visit IFRTD's new online guide to download all the major IRAP resources.

Soloman Island's Labour-Based Road Maintenance Workshop
November 3, 2007
Co-sponsored by AusAID, NZAID and the Asian Development Bank the workshop explored how labour-based techniques can play a key role in the Soloman Island's ongoing road improvement programme.

Workshop on Road Financing to be Held in DRC
November 1, 2007
On the 17th of November 2007, the National Forum Group in the Democratic Republic of Congo will organise a workshop to debate the institutional arrangements in road financing.

Rural transport and Mobility in West and Central Africa - The proceedings from the SDC/Skat Workshop
October 31, 2007
The regional SDC workshop held in N'Djamena (Chad) from 18 to 21 September focused on lessons learned to define future challenges.

IFRTD Asia Held 6th Annual Regional Meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam
October 31, 2007
IFRTD Asia held the 6th Annual Regional Meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam from 14 to 15 September 2007.

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.

Consultative NFG meeting in Ethiopia
October 20, 2007
The Ethiopia Forum for Rural Transport and Development (EFRTD) held a meeting with its members to deliberate on its strategic priorities.

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.

Rural Road Maintenance Sustaining the Benefits of Improved Access
October 4, 2007
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) recently issued a new publication on rural road maintenance.

GRSP seeks new Chief Executive
September 27, 2007
The Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) based in Geneva announces an opening for a Chief Executive

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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.

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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.

Bridging the language divide: sharing the experiences of French-speaking Africa
August 18, 2007
In an effort to ensure that transport practitioners in French-speaking Africa can also share experiences IFRTD –with the support of gTKP- has set up a French electronic discussion group called IFRTD Transport Rural.

Building on the transport indicators workshop series – a virtual forum in Latin America
August 18, 2007
The virtual discussion was organised in light of sharing the results of a workshop on transport indicators that was held in Peru in March 2007, in collaboration with the World Bank and local partners.

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August 17, 2007
A young network called Uvumbuzi (Swahili for Discovery) is organising a bikathon in Kenya on July 7,2007

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August 17, 2007
South East Asia Community Access Programme and IFRTD will organise an international networking workshop followed by the regional governance meeting

UWABA seek support for Cycling Information Centre in Dar es Salaam
August 11, 2007
UWABA a grassroots campaign group for better cycling conditions in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania are seeking financial support for an information centre on cycling issues.

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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’.

Seacap Programme Update: Rural Road Surfacing Research in Vietnam
August 8, 2007
An update from SEACAP projects 1 and 4 on research into new cost effective ways of using locally available materials in rural road construction in Vietnam.

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.

New French Email Discussion Group for IFRTD Members
August 7, 2007
Established by the IFRTD Secretariat in West and Central Africa, this new email discussion group will provide a forum for French speakers to exchange ideas, experiences and resources on rural transport and development issues.

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.

Pakistan NFG Strategic Planning process is in full swing
August 7, 2007
Shehersaaz, the network coordinating IFRTD activities in Pakistan has invited key transport actors in Islamabad to participate in their first strategic planning meeting held on the 13th June, 2007.

thumbnail of Crime hits Uganda motorbike taxisCrime hits Uganda motorbike taxis
August 7, 2007
Motorbike taxi operators in eastern Uganda are asking to be allowed to carry guns and knives to protect themselves from marauding robbers.

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

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August 6, 2007
An update on the ongoing SEACAP funded process to update Cambodia's Rural Roads Policy.

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July 19, 2007
A Networked Research Approach is a new hands on Guide to conducting research in a network setting that has been developed by IFRTD.

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.

Updated World Bank Website - Transport in South Asia
July 4, 2007
The World Bank has recently updated its transport in South Asia Website

Moving the IFRTD Strategy Forward - An exciting consultancy opportunity
July 4, 2007
Applications are invited for a capacity assessment study of IFRTD's goal fulfilment, planning, administration, and resource management in order to determine the quality of the development cooperation programmes run by the Forum.

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.

World Bank – A Decade of Transport in Action
July 3, 2007
The World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group (IEG), [formally the Operations Evaluation Department (OED)] has released a report entitled ‘A Decade of Transport in Action’. The report evaluates and assesses the World Bank’s transport projects from the las

New Rural Transport Blog
June 30, 2007
An opportunity to become a guest blogger for the gTKP rural transport blog.

Announcing a virtual discussion on transport sector indicators
June 29, 2007
From the 2nd to 20th July 2007 the IFRTD Latin America network will host a virtual discussion on transport indicators. Each week a new topic will be addressed with the syntheses shared via the IFRTD and gTKP websites.

Rural access to appropriate technologies vital
June 25, 2007
Expanding access to appropriate technologies in rural communities in Zimbabwe and Africa is vital to ensure equitable socio-economic development and as a strategy of putting Africa on a more equal footing with the rest of the world in terms of scientific

Semaine Mondiale des Nations Unies pour la Sécurité Routière : la participation de l'IFRTD au Cameroun
May 15, 2007
Sous l’initiative d’un membre de l’IFRTD du Cameroun, une conférence publique a été organisée dans la ville universitaire de Dschang, avec la collaboration de l’Alliance Franco-Camerounaise de la localité.

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.

Awareness Programme on Rural Transport for Heads of Local Government bodies in Sri Lanka
May 9, 2007
Local Government Heads learn about Rural Transport needs

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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.

Call for Papers Deadline - Road Safety on Four Continents
April 27, 2007
The deadline for paper submissions to the Road Safety on Four Continents 14th International Conference is imminent.

Report from Latin American Consultative Workshop on Transport Sector Performance Indicators
April 27, 2007
The report from the 4th in a series of collaborative consultative workshops on results measurement is now online. Follow the regional and international debate.

UWABA seek advice on cycle-friendly road planning
April 19, 2007
The Dar Es Salaam Cycling Community (UWABA) are seeking advice from engineers and planners with experience of cycle friendly road planning.

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.

thumbnail of IFRTD participates in the World Bank Transport ForumIFRTD participates in the World Bank Transport Forum
April 12, 2007
IFRTD's Executive Secretary and two regional representatives from the Latin American network attended the World Bank Transport Forum week from 26-30 March in Washington DC.

IFRTD Asia Study Tour
April 4, 2007
IFRTD Asia members recently participated in a study tour to Bangladesh focusing on rural road maintenance and management.

Latest RDC GFN Bulletin Online
April 1, 2007
The latest bulletin of the DRC National Forum Group (GFN) is now online

The IFRTD Opinions Fair is now open!
March 30, 2007
See your opinions published online and win prizes with IFRTD’s new monthly writing competition

African Road Safety Conference in Ghana : an update on IFRTD’s participation
March 27, 2007
IFRTD is organising and facilitating a panel discussion on rural transport safety.

The Transport Indicators Workshop Series arrives in Latin America
March 27, 2007
A consultative workshop on Transport Sector Performance and Impact Indicators will be held in Peru (March 12-16 2007). This is the latest in a workshop series hosted by the IFRTD in collaboration with the Transport and Urban Division of the World Bank.

thumbnail of ILO-ASIST announce 12th Regional Seminar for Labour-based PractitionersILO-ASIST announce 12th Regional Seminar for Labour-based Practitioners
March 27, 2007
ILO-ASIST's 1st announcment of seminar entitled “Prioritising Employment Creation in Government Policies and Investments in Infrastructure Programmes” to be held 08-12 October 2007, Durban South Africa.

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March 27, 2007
The Africa Transport Safety Conference brings into profile the issue of Rural Transport Safety

Rural Transport Safety - Time for a Broader Debate?
March 26, 2007
IFRTD members in Peru, Cameroon, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, and India have completed a series of complementary case studies to highlight the specific transport safety issues faced by rural communities in developing countries.

Cuba Meeting Highlights Practical Rural Transport Initiatives
March 25, 2007
The Cuba National Forum Group for Rural Transport and Development recently organised The III National Meeting of Rural Transport Service Drivers to share knowledge and ideas for improved rural transport in Cuba.

Linking Poverty Reduction and Road Management in Ethiopia
March 25, 2007
The Ethiopian Rural Travel and Transport Programme (ERTTP) recently held their 6th annual meeting in Addis Ababa.

Gender and Transport Resource Guide
January 18, 2007
The World Bank has published a new Gender and Transport Resource Guide

New publication on NMTs in Benin now online
January 18, 2007
A new chapter in the Global Transport Series has been published. Benin, non-motorised transport by Placide Badji is available online for free download.

New Strategic Plan 2006-2012 for the Network for Animal Traction and Integrated Development in Guinea
January 8, 2007
The Guinean Network for Animal Traction and Integrated Development has announced a new strategic plan to take the organisation from 2006 to 2012.

New Transport Organisation for Papua New Guinea!
December 21, 2006
The PNG Network for Rural Transport & Development is making its mark on the national debate.

A Quiet Revolution in Bangladesh
December 20, 2006
'Stealthy Positive Deviances in Rural IMTs: A case study from Bangladesh' is a paper by Scott Justice describing a rural transport revolution taking place in Bangladesh that, until now, has escaped international and even national notice.

Sida's New Road Safety Paper
December 18, 2006
By 2020 more people will die from road traffic injuries than from HIV/AIDS. Sida's new position paper outlines how the international community should respond.

IFRTD to hold annual Executive Committee meeting in London
November 3, 2006
This November 27th-29th IFRTD's annual Executive Committee meeting will be held in London and will see the network's new 5-year strategy officially endorsed.

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

Training Workshop - Appropriate Technology Road Works for Enhanced Livelihoods
November 3, 2006
A two week training workshop will be held in Kathmandu, Nepal, between 29th Jan and 9th Feb 2007. The course, organised by Intech Associates in association with the CITC is targeted at professionals involved in road works implementation

West and Central Africa 2006 IFRTD regional meeting
November 2, 2006
IFRTD members and affiliated networks in West and Central Africa recently came together in Douala, Cameroon for the annual regional network governance meeting.

IFRTD Asia - Networking Skills
November 2, 2006
In collaboration with IFRTD networks in Bangladesh, India and Vietnam, IFRTD Asia has recently facilitated a series of skills transfer visits for government transport professionals from Sri Lanka.

thumbnail of Simposio Internacional sobre Transporte y Desarrollo RuralesSimposio Internacional sobre Transporte y Desarrollo Rurales
October 31, 2006
El Instituto Mexicano del Transporte (IMT) en coordinación con el IFRTD llevó a cabo en sus instalaciones el Simposio Internacional sobre Transporte y Desarrollo Rurales, los días 7 y 8 de septiembre de 2006.

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October 31, 2006
Del 30 de agosto al 1 de Septiembre del 2006 se realizó, en Popayán el 2o. Simposio Colombiano de Transporte Rural, con la presencia de más de 180 personas

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.

la Tercera Reunión del Comité Ejecutivo (antes Comité Asesor) del IFRTD para América Latina y el I Simposio Nacional de Transporte Rural, Colombia
October 18, 2006
Del 2 al 4 de agosto reciente tuvo lugar en Popayán, Colombia, la Tercera Reunión del Comité Ejecutivo (antes Comité Asesor) del IFRTD para América Latina. Once miembros de Brasil, Bolivia, Colombia, Uruguay, Nicaragua, México, Perú y Panamá, junto con d

El Taller en Panamá
October 18, 2006
Del 13 al 15 de octubre se reunieron en Panamá 25 participantes de 12 naciones latinoamericanas para discutir sobre la sostenibilidad de la infraestructura de transporte rural.

thumbnail of Cuarta Reunión Regional del Comité Ejecutivo del IFRTDALCuarta Reunión Regional del Comité Ejecutivo del IFRTDAL
October 18, 2006
Llevada a cabo en Cuba, del 20 al 24 de setiembre del 2005, se introdujo el monitoreo para los miembros activos del ifrtdal con la metodología del mapeo de alcances.

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October 18, 2006
Popayán, Colombia, 1 y 2 de junio Invitación a inscribir ponencias hasta el 30 de abril.

thumbnail of Simposio Internacional sobre Transporte y Desarrollo RuralesSimposio Internacional sobre Transporte y Desarrollo Rurales
October 18, 2006
Simposio Internacional sobre Transporte y Desarrollo Rurales Setiembre 7 y 8, 2006, Querétaro, México

Securite et Transport Rurale -Appel à candidature
October 18, 2006
IFRTD fait appel a 4 petits cas d’etudes en Afrique, en Asie et en Amerique Latine

Rencontre régionale annuelle Afrique de l'Ouest et Centrale
October 18, 2006
La 4ème réunion régionale annuelle pour l'Afrique de l'Ouest et Centrale se tiendra à Douala au Cameroun, du 24 au 26 Octobre 2006

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)

thumbnail of Women, Development and Transport in Rural Eastern Cape, South AfricaWomen, Development and Transport in Rural Eastern Cape, South Africa
September 27, 2006
A newly published monograph from HSRC Press

23rd World Road Congress
September 27, 2006
The abstracts deadline for the PIARC 23rd World Road Congress draws near!

IFRTD appoints new West Africa Coordinator
September 26, 2006
Guy Kemtsop has started as the new Coordinator for Francophone West and Central Africa

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September 26, 2006
African, Asian and Latin American researchers meet in regional workshops to finalise overall methodology on Mobility and Health Research

FAO introduces new section of work on Rural Infrastructure
September 25, 2006
IFRTD has been invited to attend the Consultations to inform this new programme

Rural Transport Safety Studies- call for participation
September 20, 2006
IFRTD is commissioning 4 small case studies in Asia, Latin America and Africa

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

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August 30, 2006
IFRTD Asia Region holds its 5th Asia Regional Meeting

Call for Expressions of Interest in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos
June 28, 2006

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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.

Course on Non-motorised transport
June 22, 2006
Planning, design, construction, and evaluation of spaces for pedestrians, bicyclists, and animal-drawn transport. Course at the University of Pretoria from 21-23 of August 2006

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June 6, 2006
A new web site is launched for the International Mobility and Health programme

Workshop in South Africa
June 2, 2006
IFRTD, World Bank, Department of Transport and Agetip work together on transport indicators

Support for Mojo Horse Cart Owners Association in Ethiopia
May 30, 2006
In Ethiopia the local Administration of Mojo has granted a 500 square metre plot of land to the Mojo Horse Cart Owners’ Association.

10th Transnet Meeting - Rural Roads Maintenance and Financing
May 9, 2006
An event to provide an overview on the 'state of the art' in Rural Roads Maintenance and Financing.

Virtual Consultation on World Bank Transport Strategy
March 31, 2006
During April the Gatnet gender and transport email network is hosting a consultation on the World Bank’s Transport Strategy for 2007 to 2015. Click here to find out how you can participate

5th International Colloquium on Working Equines
March 6, 2006
The 5th International Colloquium on Working Equines will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 30th October to 2nd November 2006.

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

Minutes of IFRTD Executive Committee Meeting
January 9, 2006
The minutes of the IFRTD Executive Committee Meeting 2005 are now online

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December 6, 2005
The Rwanda National Forum Group on Rural Transport and Development have launched a new website

Ethiopia Workshop on transport, HIV/AIDS and Human Rights
December 5, 2005
The Ethiopia National Forum for Rural Transport and Development (ENFRTD) organised a one day workshop on Transport, HIV/AIDS and Human Rights on 29th October 2005 in Mojo, south of Addis Ababa

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November 8, 2005
Forum news 12.2: Community Participation in Transport Management, is now available online

thumbnail of Waterways and LivelihoodsWaterways and Livelihoods
November 3, 2005
In October an IFRTD Waterways and Livelihoods workshop was hosted by DANIDA in Bluefields, Nicaragua

ILO ASIST Regional Seminar
October 10, 2005
ILO ASIST Africa, together with the Kenya Roads Board, convened a very successful regional seminar on labour based technologies for rural roads.

Inaugural AFCAP Meeting
October 10, 2005
The inaugural meeting of the African Community Access Programme (AFCAP) was held on 29th and 30th September

IFRTD Regional Meeting for East & Southern Africa
October 10, 2005
Between 26th and 28th September, representatives of national networks from 7 countries in the region gathered in Kigali, Rwanda, for the 4th IFRTD regional meeting.

thumbnail of IFRTD Asia Regional Meeting 2005IFRTD Asia Regional Meeting 2005
September 20, 2005
IFRTD Asia Regional Meeting was successfully concluded on the 15th September at the Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani, Rajasthan in India after three days of meeting of eight National Forum Groups in Asia.

IFRTD 2005 Regional Meetings in Cuba and Rwanda Announced
July 20, 2005
Dates and themes for the annual IFRTD regional meetings for East and Southern Africa and Latin America have now been announced.

Consultation Workshop on Transport Sector Performance Indicators
July 14, 2005
This workshop is part of an initiative of the Transport and Urban division (TUDTR) of the World Bank to develop a comprehensive draft set of ‘transport performance and impact indicators’.

thumbnail of India and Sri Lanka exchange experiences on Rural Road Development ProgrammesIndia and Sri Lanka exchange experiences on Rural Road Development Programmes
July 11, 2005
Public Seminar held in Colombo on rural road programmes of India and Sri Lanka

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).

IFG News Update - May 2005
May 17, 2005
The International Focus Group on Rural Road Engineering (IFG) has posted its latest news update online

Community Participation in Transport Management – An International Workshop
April 19, 2005
This workshop aimed to highlight the potential benefits and inherent challenges of ensuring community participation in rural transport interventions. The bi-lingual event held in Cajamarca. Peru, was hosted by IFRTD and ITDG and co-funded by the European

Road Safety Workshop in Ethiopia
February 16, 2005
On the 5th February 2005, The Ethiopia National Forum for Rural Transport and Development held a workshop on Road Safety in Modjo, Ethiopia

International workshop on Community Participation in Transport Management
February 9, 2005
The workshop will take place in Cajamarca, Peru, April 4-7, 2005. The objective is to promote sustainable systems of rural transport through community management.

Ngware Bicycle Taxi Group, Kisumu, Kenya
January 20, 2005
15th anniversary of bicycle taxi services in Kisumu, Kenya

Transport Safety and Mobility of Women and Children
October 13, 2004
Announcement of a discussion meeting to be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh



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.

Gender, Economic Integration and Cross-border Infrastructure Development - Compilation of Workshop Abstracts
July 1, 2010

A compilation of abstracts presented at the Gender, Economic Integration and Cross-Border Infrastructure Development Workshop in June 2010 is now available online.

Bridging the Gap: Addressing Mobility Needs as a means to achieve the health related MDGs
June 8, 2010

Presentations made at the IFRTD side event hosted at the 18th Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development

Forum News 15.1: A Moving Issue: Children and young people's transport and mobility constraints in Africa.
May 28, 2010

The latest Forum News edition now available online, focuses on the innovative children and mobility research programme pioneered by the University of Durham

Forum News 14.4: Building the Links (Climate Change and Rural Transport)
May 15, 2010

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...

Forum News 14.3: A New Road Ahead - an independent IFRTD
December 1, 2009
Forum News Issue 14.3: The New Road Ahead.
An overview of an independent IFRTD.

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.

Forum News 14.2: The Bicycle Debates
June 1, 2008

Issue 14.2 of Forum News focuses on different perspectives of bicycles as a transport solution in rural areas of developing countries.

A Networked Research Approach - a guide to conducting research in a network setting.
November 6, 2007

Forum News 13.3: Time to Broaden the Transport Safety Debate?
February 0, 2007

Forum News edition focusing on rural transport and safety.

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 ...

Mobility and Health: The Impact of Transport Provision on Direct and Indirect Determinants of Access to Health Services
November 3, 2006

A literature review on Mobility and Health prepared by Dr Kate Molesworth, Swiss Centre for International Health.

Forum News 13.2: Measuring what Matters?
November 2, 2006

This issue of Forum news focuses on transport results impact measurement.

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 12.4: Poverty Watch: Making transport count in poverty reduction
February 2, 2006

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.

Toolkit for Promoting the Sustainability of Rural Transport Infrastructure
December 2, 2004

This interactive Toolkit identifies some of the key factors that influence the success or failure of locally driven rural transport interventions.

Promoting Sustainability of Community Based Rural Transport Infrastructure
September 16, 2004

At a workshop organised in Rajasthan between the 6-8 September by the Rajasthan Forum Group and the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, participants from the implementing organisations of the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), the Internatio

Forum News 11.4: Transport Sector Joins Fight Against HIV/AIDS
April 2, 2004
Forum News focused on the relationship between transport and HIV/AIDS

Forum News 11.3: From Rhetoric to Practice
January 2, 2004
Forum News issue focusing on a World Bank programme to mainstream gender within the transport sector.

Forum News 11.2: Transport - The Missing Link?
October 2, 2003

Forum News focusing on making services work for poor people.

Forum News 11.1: Crossing Borders
July 2, 2003

Forum News focusing on transport and cross border trade.

Forum News 10.4: Waterways and Livelihoods
April 3, 2003
Forum News focusing on IFRTD's Waterways and Livelihoods Networked Research programme.

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 9.1: Listening to Different Voices, Multi-Modal Planning
June 3, 2001
Forum News focused on rural transport and planning

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

Forum News 7.2: Rural Transport in Latin America
September 1, 1999

Forum News 6.1: Maintenance
June 1, 1998

Forum News 5.3: Community Participation
December 1, 1997