The Rapid Assessment of Rural Transport Services

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This web page has been developed to make easily available some publications written by Paul Starkey and various collaborators. These publications are copyright and are being made available to assist those involved in development issues and related research. While individual copies may be downloaded for personal use, they should NOT be reproduced without permission. Some publications with photos are large or very large  and in these cases warning colours and the file size will be displayed.

                 
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mproved rural transport is needed to reduce poverty, improve livelihoods, increase economic growth and provide better access to health, education and other services. The work presented here is a methodology for the rapid assessment of rural transport services, and lessons from its pilot implementation in various provinces in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Tanzania and Zambia. The work was commissioned by the World Bank, which hosts the Sub-Saharan Africa Transport Program (SSATP). The work was contracted to Practical Action Consulting (PAC) in collaboration with WSP. The implementing team comprised active members of the International Forum for Rural Transport and Development (IFRTD).

The rapid methodology developed and used in these studies was designed to provide, at relatively low cost, an overview of the key rural transport issues within an area that would allow informed debate and subsequent policy action. It is hoped that these reports will stimulate useful discussion on how rural transport services can be improved and made more sustainable.

The methodology was developed by a nine-person team that first met in Ethiopia in April 2005. The team comprised Paul Starkey (Team Leader, UK), Peter Njenga (IFRTD, Kenya), Stephen Newport (WSP, UK), Abdul Awadh (Tanzania), Gnanderman Sirpé (Burkina Faso), Guy Kemtsop (Cameroon), Henry Musonda (Zambia), Liz Tapper (PAC, UK) and Paul Murray (ORH, UK). Priyanthi Fernando, of CEPA, Sri Lanka, assisted with planning the methodology and appraising the results and conclusions.

The reports include overview of the methodology, prepared by the Team Leader and published as SSATP Working Paper 87A. There is also a summary of the many lessons learned, and their implications for rural transport policy and practice. This was also prepared by Paul Starkey and is published as SSATP Working Paper 87B. These overviews draw on the five detailed provincial reports, relating to Boucle du Mouhoun, Burkina Faso (prepared by Dr Gnanderman Sirpé), Southern Province, Cameroon (Guy Kemtsop), Iringa and Singida Regions of Tanzania (Abdul Awadh) and Luapula Province, Zambia (Henry Musonga).


The rapid assessment of rural transport services: a methodology for the rapid acquisition of the key understanding required for informed transport planning. SSATP Working Paper 87A
Starkey, P, 2007. 

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Rural transport services in Africa: lessons from rapid appraisal surveys in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Tanzania and Zambia. SSATP Working Paper 87B.
Starkey, P, 2007.

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Les services de transports ruraux au Burkina Faso: le cas de la région de la boucle du Mouhoun. 
Sirpé G, 2007. 50p. 

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A rapid assessment of rural transport services in Southern Province, Cameroon. 
Kemtsop G, 2007. 
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A rapid assessment of rural transport services in Iringa Region, Tanzania
Awadh A, 2007. 54 pages. 
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A rapid assessment of rural transport services in Singida Region, Tanzania. 
Awadh A, 2007. 53 pages. 
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A rapid assessment of rural transport services in Luapula Province, Zambia.
Musonda H, 2007.  70 pages.
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Below are some other publications relating to Rural Transport Services which may be relevant

Starkey P, 2002. Local transport solutions for rural development. Department for International Development (DFID), London, UK. 48p. ISBN 1 86192 427 5. (Screen resolution)

Starkey P, 2002. Moyens de transport locaux pour le développement rural. Department for International Development (DFID), London, UK. 48p. ISBN 1 86192 428 3. (Screen resolution) 

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    Starkey P, 2001. Local transport solutions: people, paradoxes and progress. SSATP Working Paper No. 56. Sub-Saharan Africa Transport Policy Program (SSATP), The World Bank, Washington DC, USA. 74p.

Starkey P, 2001. Les solutions au transport local: acteurs, exemples et contre exemples. Document de travail SSATP No. 56F. Programme de politiques de transport en Afrique subsaharienne (SSATP), Banque Mondiale, Washington DC, USA. 80p.  

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  Starkey P, Ellis S, Hine J and Ternell A, 2002. Improving rural mobility: options for developing motorized and nonmotorized transport in rural areas. World Bank Technical Paper 525. World Bank, Washington DC, USA. 64p. ISBN 0-8213-5185-0

Starkey P, Ellis S, Hine J et Ternell A, 2003. Améliorer la mobilitErurale: Solutions pour développer les transports motorisés et non motorisés en milieu rural. Banque Mondiale Document SSATP 72F, Banque Mondiale, Washington DC, E-U. 72p.

Starkey P, Ellis S, Hine J y Ternell A, 2002. Mejora de la movilidad rural: opciones para el desarrollo del transporte motorizado y no motorizado en las areas rurales. Documento TWU48-español. Banco Mundial, Washington DC EE-UU. 72p

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