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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.

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.

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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'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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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: info@isev.com.ar

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

thumbnail of Bike Ambulance Project Launched in NamibiaBike 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.

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.

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.

thumbnail of From Mountain to MarketFrom 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.

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.

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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

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’.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

thumbnail of 2o Simposio Colombiano de Transporte Rural2o Simposio Colombiano de Transporte Rural
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

thumbnail of II Simposio Colombiano de Transporte RuralII Simposio Colombiano de Transporte Rural
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

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

Projects

Resources

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. 

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

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.

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 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 12.3: Rural Transport for a Greener Future
December 2, 2005
Forum News issue focused on rural transport and the environment.

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.

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

Forum News focusing on making services work for poor people.

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 8.4: Transport Safety is it a Rural Issue?
May 3, 2001
Forum News focused on transport and safety.

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