Until recently most developing country governments and aid donors believed that building comparatively high standard rural access/feeder roads was the most effective way of addressing rural transport problems. While it is true that better road access may well be critical to improving rural transport, there is now increasing recognition that a much wider perspective should be adopted. The most effective solution to the rural transport problem will involve a combination of policies and measures designed to address the wide range of constraints to access and mobility that are commonly experienced in rural areas of developing countries.
Rural transport covers a range of transport modes and their associated infrastructure at the village, district and regional level. Within the context of rural transport it is also appropriate to consider alternative "non-transport" solutions which include the location of important facilities and services. These solutions may be more cost effective and may have an important impact on rural transport demand.
The 'Rural Transport Knowledge Base' is a set of reference and training material of the latest thinking and practice in the field of rural transport. The material draws on experience and publications, as well as case study examples to facilitate the dissemination of best practice to policy makers, planners and practitioners in the developed and developing world. The Knowledge Base is structured in five modules, and encompasses all aspects of rural transport, including the policy, management and financing of rural transport infrastructure, transport provision and related non-transport interventions.
To navigate the Knowledge Base, please click on one of the five modules below for the contents of that module and pdf files (Acrobat), or click on the contents page containing pdf files for all five modules:
1. Policies and Strategies
The project is being undertaken for the Rural Travel and Transport Program (RTTP), a component of the multi-donor Sub-Saharan Africa Transport Policy Program (SSATP) managed by the World Bank with financial support from the Department for International Development (DFID).