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East and Southern Africa Regional Coordinator, Peter Njenga, reflects on the significance of the new www.maketetree.org website that charts the history of the small Tanzanian transport programme that had a formative influence on the rural transport sector
Entries invited for Colin Relf Young Voices Award
September 2, 2010
Young people from developing countries are encouraged to enter the 2010 Colin Relf Award - Exploring new thinking in rural transport.
Rural Roads are to support agriculture development in Congo Brazzaville
July 6, 2010
1321km of new rural roads in Congo Brazzaville are expected to create new market opportunities for small producers.
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.
Sri Lanka NFG (LFRTD) organises an advocacy workshop on
July 7, 2009
Recommendations made on disbalility sensitive infrastructures and transport services to be mainstreamed in to national transport polcies of Sri Lanka
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
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.
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
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Introducing 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.
Bike Ambulance Project Launched in Namibia
November 5, 2007
Design For Development will enable the manufacture and delivery of more than 60 bike ambulances to communities in Namibia over the next year.
All 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.
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.
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.
The Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA)
September 7, 2007
A partnership between bilateral donors, multilateral agencies and African institutions, the ICA makes its members more effective at supporting infrastructure by pooling efforts in selected key areas.
From Mountain to Market
August 24, 2007
The latest edition in the IFRTD Update Series profiles a recent programme by Practical Action Nepal to demonstrate gravity ropeway technology as a viable means of goods transportation in hilly and mountainous regions.
SEACAP Programme Update: Sustainable Rural Roads Access in Lao PDR
August 11, 2007
An update from SEACAP 17 in Lao PDR which aims to identify cost effective locally resourced methods of improving year round rural road access for poor rural communities.
At the Crossroads: Which Way Now for the World Bank’s Transport strategy?
August 11, 2007
The Bretton Woods Project recently published a brief by Public World Director Brendan Martin likening the World Bank’s new transport strategy to a British train ‘running late with no public announcement as to the delay’.
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.
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.
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.
SEACAP Programme Update: Updating Cambodia's Rural Roads Policy
August 6, 2007
An update on the ongoing SEACAP funded process to update Cambodia's Rural Roads Policy.
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
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.
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.
IFRTD 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.
ILO-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.
Outcomes 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.
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.
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
Simposio 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.
II Simposio Colombiano de Transporte Rural
October 18, 2006
Popayán, Colombia, 1 y 2 de junio Invitación a inscribir ponencias hasta el 30 de abril.
The Makete Approach: From Pilot Project to Policy Impact and Institutionalisation
September 3, 2006
A new research study is launched to assess the impact of the Makete Integrated Rural Transport Project 20 years after its inception
id21 insight on Rural Transport and the MDGs
June 28, 2006
The Institute of Development Studies has published a new id21 insight with the theme of rural transport and the Millennium Development Goals.
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.
Forum News 12.2: Community Participation and Transport
November 8, 2005
Forum news 12.2: Community Participation in Transport Management, is now available online
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.
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.
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 and the Three Delays Model of Mortality
November 3, 2010
A poster depicting the links between mobility and health for poor communities in developing countries using the Three Delays Model of Maternal Mortality.
A Means to an end: transport and the Millennium Development Goals
November 5, 2008
An exploration of the critical relationship between transport and each of the MDGs, and the challenges that must be overcome to enable transport to maximise its potential and fulfil a catalytic role in the delivery of the MDGs by the 2015 deadline.
We are not alone anymore
January 1, 2007
“We are not alone anymore” by Clarisse Cunha Winning Entry in IFRTD's January 2007 Opinions Fair Contest.
An opinion piece on the work of ...
A literature review on Mobility and Health prepared by Dr Kate Molesworth, Swiss Centre for International Health.
Forum News 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.
This interactive Toolkit identifies some of the key factors that influence the success or failure of locally driven rural transport interventions.
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 10.3: Making Transport Work for the Poor
March 3, 2003
Forum News issue focused on transport and poverty.
Forum News 10.2: Virtual Access - Taking the Super Highway
October 3, 2002
Forum News focusing on ICTs and rural access.
Forum News 10.1: Reducing Risk and Accelerating Recovery
July 3, 2002
Forum News focusing on rural transport and disasters.
Local Transport Solutions for Rural Development
June 5, 2002
Download the photographic book by Paul Starkey
Forum News 9.4: Moving Mountains
April 1, 2002
Forum News issue 9.4 (April 2002) focuses on access and mobility in mountainous areas.
Forum News 9.3: Community Driven
January 3, 2002
Forum News focusing on the viability of Community Transport Solutions
Forum News 9.2: Good Governance and Capacity Building, 2 Sides of the Same Coin
October 3, 2001
Forum News focusing on transport and governance.
Forum News 8.3: Addressing the Needs of Vulnerable Groups
February 3, 2001
Forum News focusing on transport and vulnerable groups.
Forum News 7.3: The Forum Looks to the Future
January 3, 2000
Millennium edition of Forum News
Forum News 5.3: Community Participation
December 1, 1997
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