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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

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September 2, 2010

Young people from developing countries are encouraged to enter the 2010 Colin Relf Award - Exploring new thinking in rural transport.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Call for Papers - Workshop on Gender Dimensions of Rural Employment
September 2, 2008
FAO, ILO and IFAD technical expert workshop call for papers: “Gaps, trends and current research in gender dimensions of agricultural and rural employment: differentiated pathways out of poverty”.

WTS London invites you for summer reception
July 1, 2008
The Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) London organises its annual summer reception at the newly renovated Transport Museum on July 17, 2008.

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

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

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.

WTS organises a round table on gender and transport in London
May 12, 2008
The Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) London organises a round table to introduce international transportation issues with a focus on gender on February 26.

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

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

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.

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"

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.

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.

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.

thumbnail of Motorcycle ambulances in Malawi reduce maternal mortalityMotorcycle 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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

thumbnail of SEACAP Programme Update: Updating Cambodia's Rural Roads PolicySEACAP 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.

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.

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

IFRTD Opinions Fair April Competition
April 22, 2007
The April theme for IFRTD's monthly Opinions Fair writing competition is Gender and Rural Transport

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 Outcomes of the Africa Transport Safety ConferenceOutcomes of the Africa Transport Safety Conference
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.

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

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.

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

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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 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

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September 27, 2006
A newly published monograph from HSRC Press

thumbnail of Riding and Sliding for a better health!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

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

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.

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

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).

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

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 ...

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.

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.

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.

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 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 9.3: 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 8.2: 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 6.4: Gender and Transport
March 1, 1999