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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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,

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.

"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.

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

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.

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

'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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

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

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...

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

Forum News edition focusing on rural transport and safety.

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 12.2: 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.

Local Transport Solutions for Rural Development
June 5, 2002

Download the photographic book by Paul Starkey

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 7.3: The Forum Looks to the Future
January 3, 2000
Millennium edition of Forum News