in order to bring together the full ReCAP community of practice around the three strategic pillars of the ReCAP Way Forward (provision, preservation and sustainable use and services of/for rural access), the ReCAP PMU organised the 2019 Inter-Regional Implementation Meeting.
The first edition of the ReCAP IRIM was implemented in Kampala, Uganda, in November 2017 with the support from the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA).
The second IRIM was held in Kathmandu, Nepal, from 25 to 27 February 2019, hosted by the Government of Nepal, Ministry of Federal Affairs, Department of Local Infrastructure (DoLI). Its theme was "Effective uptake and embedment of transport research benefitting rural communities". The theme is reflective of the status of ReCAP, with, in addition to implementation of research projects, a focus on dissemination, uptake and embedment is paramount.
IRIM 2019 addressed the contribution of regional and inter-regional ReCAP research initiatives as related to ReCAP's themes and will feature, and, where relevant, key exemplary national initiatives with results that have wider implications or are transferable to other countries/regions.
The aims of the IRIM 2019 were to:
Inform and discuss with key stakeholders the ReCAP Way Forward Vision for 2020 and beyond, including addressing uptake and embedment of ReCAP research outputs and formulate recommendations and actions for overcoming barriers;
Inform key stakeholders of status and updates in key flagship national, regional and inter-regional initiatives that provide a platform to continue beyond 2020;
Discuss outstanding areas within the rural transport continuum (provision, preservation, sustainable use) that remain to be addressed through research;
Facilitate cross-regional exchange of experience and lessons learnt related to the three key strategic pillars of the ReCAP Way Forward; and,
Strengthening of the ReCAP Community of Practice through networking and peer-to-peer learning.
- The IRIM 2019 programme
- Following IRIM 2019, a think piece was developed containing a number of key messages, lessons and recommendations for enhanced uptake of ReCAP research, based on interviews with IRIM delegates and observations during the event: Thapa-Scriptoria-ReCAPThinkPieceIRIM2019-ReCAP-KMN2160A-190411.pdf
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