Toolkit for Promoting Sustainability
of Rural Transport Infrastructure
The geographical and economic isolation of rural
communities is often exacerbated by a lack of political commitment
to local mobility issues. Rather than wait for state and regional
authorities to deliver and maintain adequate transport infrastructure,
many rural communities in developing countries are taking responsibility
for their own mobility needs and driving forward their own solutions.
In collaboration with the Swiss Agency for Development Co-operation
(SDC), the International Forum for Rural Transport and Development
(IFRTD) has developed a Toolkit isolating some of the key factors
influencing the success or failure of local level transport interventions.
Presented as a user friendly tri-lingual CD-Rom
(English, French and Spanish), the Toolkit for Promoting
Sustainability of Rural Transport Infrastructure demands
a greater understanding of the political and social relationships
between stakeholders and promotes recognition of the interdependence
of rehabilitation and maintenance as a condition for sustainability.
a series of steps, questions and useful suggestions
the toolkit guides the user through an analysis of their particular
situation; examining strengths and weaknesses, defining realistic
objectives, and asking relevant questions to choose the best possible
options. It is brought to life by case studies drawn from the
IFRTD network and highlights lessons learned from each case study
in relation to the issues raised.
Designed for rural development practitioners
and planners involved with local level transport infrastructure
interventions, the Toolkit is not a technical guide
but a complement to the existing technical inputs which already
inform this work.
The Toolkit CD-Rom will be used as a resource
for a series of three workshops to be held across
Asia, Latin America and West & Central Africa in late 2004.
More details will be posted here shortly.