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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Impact of fuel price rises in rural Sarawak
June 30, 2008
The Sarawak Dayak National Union (SDNU) recently organised a workshop to explore the impact of fuel price rises in rural Sarawak, Malaysia. Transport recommendations included social obligation subsidies from the private sector, and government support to

Roadmap to Safer Motherhood in Malawi
June 30, 2008
The UK government report on their motorbike ambulance initiative in conjunction with eRangers that is helping pregant Malawian women reach hospital

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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

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

thumbnail of id21 insight on Rural Transport and the MDGsid21 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.

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

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



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

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.

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 10.1: Reducing Risk and Accelerating Recovery
July 3, 2002
Forum News focusing on rural transport and disasters.

Forum News 9.2: Good Governance and Capacity Building, 2 Sides of the Same Coin
October 3, 2001
Forum News focusing on transport and governance.

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

Forum News 8.3: Addressing the Needs of Vulnerable Groups
February 3, 2001
Forum News focusing on transport and vulnerable groups.

Forum News 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