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

The Research for Community Access Partnership (ReCAP) is conducting an exploratory study of the COVID-19 dimensions of rural transport in Africa and Asia with a focus on the 17 ReCAP partner countries.

Over the past couple of weeks the ReCAP Technical Panel has been conducting in-depth interviews with key experts in the rural transport sector. The interviews have been very insightful and are the basis of this baseline survey which is designed to collect quantitative evidence of the issues explored. A think piece paper on the impacts of COVID-19 on rural transport and access to socio-economic services in Africa and Asia will be circulated as an output of this study, along with an academic paper to be published in a peer reviewed journal.

The survey takes less than 10 minutes. We would be grateful if you complete the online survey by Friday 19th June 2020.

Please click on this link to access the survey: 

Survey on the COVID-19 Dimensions of Rural Transport in Africa and Asia

We thank you very much in advance for your support and cooperation.

The ReCAP Team

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