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Part of rural development, rural transport is a vital 'enabling' component of a developing country economy that will contribute substantially to the achievement of economic growth and poverty alleviation whilst facilitating access to health, education, markets and social needs. A major contributor to all MDGs, it facilitates people helping themselves to the opportunity of communication and mobility.
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IDA at Work in Transportation - 2010 Report 
(PDF, 318KB) 

Transport is a crucial enabler for economic growth, poverty reduction and attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The World Bank’s Transport Business Strategy for 2008-2012 stresses the need for transport to be safe, clean, and affordable. With International Development Association (IDA) funding, over the last ten years, approximately 260,000 kilometers (km) (150,000 km of rural and 110,000 km of non-rural) roads and 10,700 bridges were constructed, rehabilitated or maintained, benefiting about 75 million people. This IDA-at-work report presents the up-to-date challenges, approach, results achieved, partners and moving forward strategy in the Transport Sector.



2010 Active Projects

Source: World Bank Group

As of November 2010, 225 active Bank projects contain rural roads activities:

--94% of these activities are housed under the Sustainable Development Network (SDN).

--The Transport Sector Board accounts for 56% of the Bank portfolio.

--The Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) Sector Board has a share around 19%.



Armenia: Lifeline Road Improvement Project (LRIP): At a time when the Republic of Armenia has been seriously hit by the recent global economic crisis, the World Bank aims to assist Armenia to resume growth, create employment, and alleviate the impacts of the crisis on the poor, as well as to help Armenia lay the foundation for a more competitive economy. It is doing so through project financing, including the Bank's 'Rapid Response to Crises and Emergencies' policy that invokes a set of stream-lined procedures and prepares projects very rapidly to address the major adverse economic and/or social impacts. In addition, the Bank plays an advisory role on the country's development agenda and together with the Government of Armenia prepares the country's partnership strategy. More...



Asian Community of Practice on Rural Roads to be Launched

IRF Bulletin Special Edition on Rural Transport vol 2 (PDF, 7.4MB) 

IRF Bulletin Special Edition on Rural Transport (PDF, 4.6MB) 

Rural Road Investment Efficiency (PDF, 4.1MB)

Eco Road Building for Emerging Economies
(PDF, 1.9MB)


Transport Research Knowledge Center 


International Road Congress, Innovation in Road Infrastructure November 22-24, 2011 Moscow, Russia

ARRB 25th Conference Shaping the Future: Linking research, policy & outcomes      September 20-28, 2012 Perth, Australia

Innovation to Prolong Life of Rural Roads in South-East Asia (PDF, 80KB)
A multinational project supporting research on low
cost and sustainable road construction in South-East
Asia has helped provide rural communities with access to
health, education, productive
opportunities and markets.
Research into Practice
Program in Africa Finds
Some Solutions for Rural
Access (PDF, 19KB)

A $13 million DFID funded program, AFCAP seeks to
make a difference in rural
Africa, and focuses on
sustainability to
permanently connect
people to opportunities.
Road Dust, The Silent Killer and Growth Strangulant
In many developing countries,
roads remain unsealed
and vehicle-generated dust
is a constant part of the
lives of many villagers for
much of the year. Human
health, crops, livestock and
much more are affected by
this menace.