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Poverty Watch: Making Transport Count in Poverty Reduction

A community meeting to discuss transport concerns in the village of Huanico in the Peruvian Highlands. Photo Credit - Kate Czuczman

Poverty Watch is an IFRTD initiated programme that enables civil society to monitor transport investments and to encourage pro-poor transport policies.

To date Poverty Watch has built the capacity of stakeholders in developing countries to carry out analytical work on the links between transport and poverty and to implement this knowledge through policy advocacy or practical interventions.

Poverty Watch Key Principles:

Through the Poverty Watch programme IFRTD affiliated networks in countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America have reviewed:

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This process enabled IFRTD affiliated networks to build a critical mass of interested stakeholders. The first step in the development of an informed civil society platform that is capable of debating the issues and identifying key priorities for a transport and poverty agenda in each country.

14 countries participated in the first phase of the Poverty Watch programme:
Africa - Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso, DR Congo, Senegal
Asia - Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Indonesia, Nepal
Latin America - Nicaragua, Bolivia, and Perú.

In these countries programme participants carried out studies to explore where and how existing national transport policies and strategies have interfaced with national poverty reduction efforts. These country reviews alongside regional synthesis papers highlighting the key issues emerging from the review are available to download below.


The first phase of the Poverty Watch programme culminated in an international workshop in Nairobi Kenya, December 2005, to develop a Transport and Poverty Monitoring Framework. The workshop brought together a number of researchers from Africa, Asia and Latin America who had participated in the programme. The workshop report is available for download below.



Regional Synthesis for Latin America by Julio C Sanchez Uzeda and Ana Bravo  (Word doc 316kb)

Regional Synthesis for East and Southern Africa by Kenneth Odero and Peter Njenga  (Word doc 236kb)

Regional Synthesis for West and Central Africa by Bamba Thioye  (Word Doc 46kb)

Country Reviews:
Burkina Faso (word 54kb)
Cambodia (word 219kb)
DR Congo (word 37kb)
Indonesia (pdf 1529 kb)
Kenya (pdf 332kb)
Nicaragua (word 6.1MB)
Senegal (Word 51kb)
Sri Lanka (Word 57kb)
Tanzania (pdf 324kb) (Word 500kb)
Uganda (pdf 386kb)(Word 271 kb)
Zimbabwe (pdf 537kb)(word 996 kb)

Poverty Watch Phase 1 international workshop report: (Word doc 160kb)

Poverty Watch publications:

IFRTD Forum News, Volume 12 issue 4, Feb 2006
An in depth synthesis of the first phase of Poverty Watch including a presentation of the first draft of the Transport and Poverty Monitoring Framework.
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Promoting Pro-poor transport policies and action in Sri lanka. By the Lanka Forum on Rural Transport Development (2005) Colombo, Sri Lanka.
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Transpolicy. Pro-poor Transport Policy. Meeting the challenges in Zimbabwe. By Kenneth Odero, ZFRTD (feb 2005).
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