Safe and sustainable transport for rural communities
Safe and sustainable transport for rural communities

Rural Access is Vital

Transport is fundamental to economic growth and the delivery of basic services. Low volume roads are the principal form of transport in the rural parts of most low-income countries. People require access to reach basic services and all kinds of economic and social opportunities. However, an estimated one billion people live further than 2 km from an all-season road. Isolated communities are often left behind in development.

The overall objective of the UK aid-funded Research for Community Access Partnership (ReCAP) is to improve accessibility of the rural poor in Africa and Asia to economic opportunities and social facilities through improvements to infrastructure and transport. The immediate focus is on strengthening the evidence base on more cost effective and reliable low volume road and transport services approaches, thereby influencing policy and practice. ReCAP focuses its activities on Africa and Asia, through the Africa (AfCAP) and Asia (AsCAP) Community Access Partnerships respectively, and builds on previous UK aid-funded research programmes. 

Rural Access is Vital

We are pleased to announce that ReCAP has been granted a two-month extension that will run until 14 September 2020. The focus over this two-month period will include the following:

  • Finalisation of an effective exit strategy to outline how ReCAP outcomes will continue beyond DFID programme funding
  • Preparation of an updated assessment of the sustainability of the research supported by ReCAP over its life
  • Completion of the assessment of shortlisted ReCAP-relevant proposals, ready for contracting under the recently launched COVID-19 Response & Recovery Transport Research Fund
  • Preparation of the ReCAP Final Report
  • Finalisation and dissemination of a Life of ReCAP report showcasing the lessons learned and achievements of ReCAP over its life.

Additionally, the ReCAP Programme Management Unit (PMU) will work to finalise and close any research projects that have been extended. Please note that all projects covered over the extension must be completed by no later than 31 August 2020.

We look forward to continued collaboration with our stakeholders over the next two months.

A longer term extension of ReCAP is also under consideration. Further updates about this will be communicated before the two-month extension ends.

Please do not hesitate to contact the ReCAP Programme Director should you have any questions.

The ReCAP Team

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