The Improving Mobility Workshop Series
(Sept 2002 - February 2004)
'Improving Rural Mobility: Options for Developing Motorised
and Non Motorised Transport in Rural Areas' Starkey
et al 2002
'Local Transport Solutions for Rural Development'
by Paul Starkey (2002).
Publication available by request to
(Available in French or English, please state preference).
Eliminating poverty requires the reduction of
isolation and social exclusion. It means improving mobility and
access so that poor women, men and children can build their assets,
reduce their vulnerability and develop sustainable livelihoods.
Many of the world's poor live in rural areas of Africa, Asia and
Latin America where there is a low density of demand for transport,
rural infrastructure is poor, cash flows are seasonal, and means
of mobility are generally arduous and time-consuming. If poverty
is to be eradicated in these areas the vicious cycle of poverty
and transport deprivation must be broken, and replaced with a
virtuous cycle of greater mobility, stimulating more productive
activities and diverse, sustainable transport services.
IFRTD's Improving Mobility Workshops
are a series of 4 linked events being held in Asia, Africa and
Latin America to discuss how this can be done. This programme,
co-funded by the World Bank, RTTP and DFID builds upon the consultations
that fed into the publication:
'Improving Rural Mobility: Options for
Developing Motorised and Non Motorised Transport in Rural Areas'
prepared for the World Bank by P Starkey, S Ellis, J Hine, and
A Ternell (2002).
The workshops aim to widen debate and deepen
analysis on inadequate transport services for poor people, to
share knowledge and practical experience, to develop strategies
to increase rural mobility and influence policy, and to propose
realistic and collaborative actions. They have adopted a participatory
methodology and progressed through four consecutive stages of;
- situation review and problem analysis
- prioritisation of options for intervention
- field visit to consider local practicalities
- and output oriented group work to develop
realistic proposals for individual and joint action that will
make an impact.
The workshops were held in India, Tanzania,
Guinea, and Nicaragua. The proceedings from each workshop are
available in hard copy from the IFRTD Secretariat. Please email
obtain a copy. They can also be downloaded here in pdf format:
A synthesis of the outputs of all 4 workshops
will be published in English, French and Spanish and distributed
with a future edition of Forum News.
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