By improving transport and infrastructure, those without the means to previously do so are able to access markets where they can buy or sell goods for income, make better use of essential services such as health and education and keep abreast of social, economic and political developments happening in their country. We focus on Intermediate Means of Transport (IMTs) – transport devices that come between walking and conventional motor vehicles and help people to move loads or use animals more effectively for load carrying. These technologies include cycle trailers, improved bicycles for load carrying, ox and donkey carts, handcarts, wheelbarrows, improved panniers for animals and other types of animal carts.
From Practical Action
A brief outline of the work of Practical Action related to transport issues.
Practical Action Publishing produces books, journals and catalogs covering a range of development fields including water and gender issues, agriculture and health. It aims to provide academic information and support to where it is needed most in the world.
Rural Transport Services
For policymakers and planners, it draws on a wide range of sources, developing methodologies for cost evaluation of spot improvements, stage construction of water crossings, and analysis of the organizational framework for decentralized road maintenance.
Rural Transport in Developing Countries
An important and wide-ranging survey of transport policies in developing countries, illustrated by nine case-studies.
International Forum on Rural Transport and Development (IFRTD)
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The International Forum for Rural Transport and Development is a global network of individuals and representatives from government, academia, multilateral and bilateral donor agencies, consultancies and technical institutions, national and international NGOs and groups of community organisations in 83 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and North and South America. There are over 1800 members in the network. The Forum’s long-term vision is of a world in which rural communities, particularly those who are poor and disadvantaged, have improved accessibility and mobility. IFRTD focuses on generating, collecting and sharing information and provides practical advice for individuals and organisations in nearly 100 countries.
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Transaid is an international development charity that work on local transport solutions to improve access to basic services and economic opportunity for people in Africa and in developing countries.
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