WORKSHOP TO DEVELOP A TRANSPORT AND POVERTY LINKS MONITORING FRAMEWORK
Between 13th and 15th December 2005, IFRTD will be holding a workshop to develop a transport and poverty links monitoring framework. The workshop will take place in Nairobi, and will have representatives of researchers and network members drawn from Asia, Latin America and Africa, who have been taking part in the Poverty Watch Programme.
The workshop marks the end of the current phase of the Poverty Watch Programme. The programme was initiated in a total of 14 countries. These are: Indonesia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Peru, Burkina Faso, DR Congo and Senegal
The programme was designed to help spotlight key interfaces between transport and poverty reduction. The main process of achieving the objectives of the poverty watch was through building the capacity of civil society [IFRTD network members/NFG] to carry out analytical work on transport and poverty, and to use that knowledge as a basis for policy advocacy and influencing activities.
In the 14 countries of implementation, NFGs/network members have been able to carry out the analytical work identifying how [and whether] existing national transport policies and strategies interface with poverty reduction frameworks. The studies have generated important information and knowledge on the role of transport and access in poverty reduction. This knowledge has been generated from a variety of contexts and perspectives. For example, while many of the studies in ESA region focussed on macro-level policies, the work in Indonesia and Cambodia looked more at the practical, local level inter-relationships. The Sri Lanka work combined both macro analysis and micro level case studies. The results of the studies have been shared widely in each respective country through workshops and direct dissemination of the study reports. The reports have also been posted on the Poverty Watch pages of this website, as well as in the respective NFG pages.
The objectives of the Nairobi workshop are:
- To disseminate an overall synthesis of key learnings from the Poverty Watch Programme.
- Develop a framework for determining key links between transport policies, strategies and programmes and poverty reduction efforts
The results of the workshop will be disseminated through the website and Forum News. IFRTD wishes to acknowledge with gratitude, the support of DFID's Civil Society Challenge Fund [C.S.C.F], in the funding of this programme.