As the leading international instution influencing change in transport infrastructure, the World Bank Group has recently published its new transport business strategy 2008-2012. The strategy is titled Safe, Clean, Affordable...... Transport for Development and is available by clicking here.
In an effort to disseminate the strategy, Public World in collaboration with the Bretton Woods Project invited the new World Bank Transport Sector Manager, Mr Marc Juhel to London to present the new strategy. For a full copy of his presentation please click here. Public World's Brendan Martin focused on the World Bank's responsibilities to combat climate change and poverty and the inherent tension there is between these imperatives and a development model in which economic growth is the route to poverty reduction and international trade the route to growth.
IFRTD's Marinke van Riet focused on mainstreaming gender in the new Transport Business Strategy as there continues to be an unbalanced load in the sector. In her response titled The real rural energy crisis is women's time she stated that up to today the majority of agricultural goods continue to be headloaded, predominantly by women who make up the majority of agricultural smallholders and transporters. And it is estimated that 75% of half a million maternal deaths could be prevented if women had timely access to health services and skilled birth attendants. Her response resulted in several recommendations that need to be put in place if the World Bank is serious about gender mainstreaming. For a full copy of her response click here.