The project’s goal (impact) is improved and affordable rural transport services in sub-Saharan Africa. The project’s outcome (purpose) is the availability of appropriate rural transport services indicators that are tested and disseminated to the transport sector in some African countries.
The primary objective of the project is:
- To identify, develop, test and share rural transport services indicators relevant to key stakeholders (rural people, transport operators, regulators, planners, roads authorities, development agencies) using methodologies involving local stakeholders and sector experts to increase understanding of rural transport services (constraints, opportunities).
To achieve the first objective, the project will contribute towards two secondary objectives:
- To develop national/regional capacities within the community access sector for objectively measuring and assessing transport services, leading to greater understanding, informed planning, sharing best practices and addressing problems identified.
- To stimulate greater collaboration relating to transport services in the region, including exchanges with projects developing rural transport infrastructure.
A policy aspiration is for the Rural Transport Services indicators developed and shared to be adopted at national and international levels and, together with the Rural Access Indicator, be integrated into the planning, monitoring and evaluation of community access investments. If rural transport services indicators are adopted, it is assumed that the transport sector and community organisations will seek to raise the level of the rural transport services indicators. This should stimulate initiatives to improve rural transport services, benefiting community access through better, more frequent and affordable rural transport services.