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IFRTD Network News - January 2007

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  • Eric Britton (ChoiceMail)
    Happy New Year everyone! Please see below this month’s IFRTD e-newsletter – please not the new monthly writing competition. If anyone is not receiving
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 10, 2007

      Happy New Year everyone! Please see below this month’s IFRTD e-newsletter – please not the new monthly writing competition.  If anyone is not receiving this e-newsletter directly but would like to please let me know & I will subscribe you.

       

      Best wishes

       

      Kate

       




      IFRTD Network News

      Keeping you up to date with the latest news, events, resources and projects from across the IFRTD network

      January 2007



      In this issue:

      NEWS:
      -- IFRTD Opinions Fair is Now Open!
      -- Engineer Training Begins in IFRTDs
      Asia Network
      -- Minutes of the IFRTD 2006 Executive Committee Meeting Now Online
      -- New Strategic Plan for
      Guinea Animal Traction Network

      EVENTS:
      -- African Road Safety Congress
      -- Global Forum for Health - Call for abstracts
      -- 20th World Energy Congress - Call for abstracts

      RESOURCES:
      -- Gender and Transport Resource Guide
      -- New Publication on NMTs in
      Benin
      -- Sustainable Infrastructure Toolkit Available Online

      NETWORK FOCUS:
      -- IFRTD Opinions Fair - Full Guidelines


      Dear Member

      We would like to wish all IFRTD members a Happy and Successful New Year. Just over a week into 2007 we already have lots of news to report from across the IFRTD network. In particular we would like to draw your attention to IFRTD's new monthly writing competition - The IFRTD Opinions Fair. This competition is open to all and we are looking forward to receiving and sharing your submissions.

      Keep checking the IFRTD website regularly as we are adding new resources and news items all the time. We also welcome your additions to our websites and this e-newsletter. Please send your contributions to newsletter@...

      You have been subscribed to this newsletter as a member of the IFRTD network. Please follow the instructions at the bottom of the email if you wish to unsubscribe from future editions.



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      NEWS:
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      IFRTD's Opinions Fair is now open!
      See your opinions published online and win prizes with IFRTD's new monthly writing competition.

      Each month we will be posting a new rural transport and development theme and we invite you to submit a short opinion piece examining the issue from the perspective of your own working experience or studies.

      January's theme is 'Bicycles'. The deadline for submission is
      31st January 2007. The full guidelines are listed in this month's Network Focus at the end of this e-newsletter and are available online at the link below:
      http://ifrtd.gn.apc.org/new/news/full.php?view=147


      Engineer Training Begins in IFRTD' Asia Network
      Engineer Training on Rural Road Maintenance Management has been arranged by the Bangladesh NFG (BNFRTD) in association with the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) of Bangladesh for engineers from the Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government of Sri Lanka and from the Nepal National Forum Group (NFRTD). A short but comprehensive 'on the job' training programme including field visits was held from 16th to
      22nd December 2006 in Bangladesh.

      Another training for the
      Sri Lanka engineers is on the cards early this year by the National Rural Road Development Agency (NRRDA) of the Government of India at the request of IFRTD. This training will be followed by a proposed familiarisation visit to Rajasthan to be arranged by the Rajasthan Regional Forum Group in association with BITS, Pilani and the Public Works Department of the State Government of Rajasthan. The main objective of this visit by the Sri Lankan engineers is familiarisation with the Prime Minister's Rural Road Programme (PMGSY) of India.

      For more information please contact Ranjith de Silva, IFRTD's Regional Coordinator for Asia:
      Email: ranjith@...


      IFRTD Executive Committee Meeting Minutes Now Online
      The IFRTD Secretariat's mandate comes from an international Executive Committee comprising representatives from IFRTD's affiliated national networks (elected through regional meetings), donors, and co-opted individual members of the wider network. The Executive Committee meets annually. The minutes from this year's meeting are now online.
      Click on the link below to download the agenda and minutes from the 2006 IFRTD Executive Committee Meeting:
      www.ifrtd.gn.apc.org/new/about/gov.php


      New Strategic Plan for the Network for Animal Traction and Integrated Development in
      Guinea.
      The Guinean Network for Animal Traction and Integrated Development was initiated in 1991 in Kindia. The focus of the organisation is to promote bovine traction as a means to improve agricultural production and to increase profit for the producers through (financial and technical) partnerships. The network has just launched its new strategic plan for 2006 to 2012. Click on the link below for more information:
      http://ifrtd.gn.apc.org/new/news/full.php?view=137


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      EVENTS:
      ~~~~~

      African Road Safety Congress
      The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) are pleased to announce the African Road Safety Conference will be held in
      Accra, Ghana in February 2007 ahead of the first UN Road Safety week planned for April 2007.
      Click on the link below for more information:
      www.who.int/roadsafety/events/4arsc/en/


      Global Forum for Health - Call for abstracts
      The Global Forum for Health Research is an annual Forum that brings together decision-makers, funders and leaders in research and development to focus on increasing investment in health research for development.
      This year the Forum will be held in
      Beijing, China from 29th October to 2nd November. The deadline for abstract submission is 31 January 2007.
      Click on the link below for more information:
      www.globalforumhealth.org


      20th World Energy Congress - Call for abstracts
      This Congress is held every three years and is considered the most important energy Forum. Excellent speakers and thousands of participants come from all over the world. Besides the World Energy Council Members, the Congress will welcome exhibitors from both energy producing and consuming countries, Institutions, International Organisations, energy industry representatives, researchers, global experts, and all those people who are interested in energy and development issues.
      The deadline for abstract submission is
      31 January 2007.
      Click on the link below for more information:
      www.rome2007.it


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      RESOURCES:
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      New World Bank Gender and Transport Resource Guide
      The World Bank has published a new Gender and Transport Resource Guide. The purpose of this Resource Guide is to provide easy access to materials on Gender and Transport. It is hoped that the dissemination of these materials will help to sustain efforts at gender mainstreaming in the transport sector and ultimately enhance the impact of transport sector investments. Please click on the link below for more information and a link to the guide:
      http://ifrtd.gn.apc.org/new/news/full.php?view=148


      New publication on NMTs in
      Benin
      A new chapter in the Global Transport Series has been published. '
      Benin, non-motorised transport' by Placide Badji is available online for free download. This paper gives an illustrated overview of the current situation of non motorised transport in Benin.
      Click on the link below for a free download of this publication:
      www.lulu.com/content/586868


      Sustainable Infrastructure Toolkit available online
      The Toolkit for Promoting Sustainability of Rural Transport Infrastructure is a user friendly interactive guide that isolates some of the key factors influencing the success or failure of local level transport interventions.

      Originally presented as a tri-lingual CD-Rom the Toolkit is now available online. Through a series of steps, questions and useful suggestions the toolkit guides it's user through an analysis of their particular situation; examining strengths and weaknesses, defining realistic objectives, and asking relevant questions to choose the best possible options. It is brought to life by case studies drawn from the IFRTD network and highlights lessons learned from each case study in relation to the issues raised.

      Click on the link below to launch the Toolkit online:
      http://www.ifrtd.gn.apc.org/new/proj/infrast.php


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      NETWORK FOCUS:
      ~~~~~~~~~~~

      The IFRTD Opinions Fair - Full Guidelines
      See your opinions published online and win prizes with IFRTD's new monthly writing competition.

      Each month we will be posting a new rural transport and development theme and we invite you to submit a short opinion piece examining the issue from the perspective of your own working experience or studies.

      We are keeping the rules simple:

      - Only 1 entry is allowed per person per month.
      - There is a strict word limit of 1000 words - entries exceeding this limit will be disqualified.
      - Entries can be made in English, French or Spanish.
      - One photo illustrative of your submission can be included. Max size 500kb if sent electronically. Anything larger will be deleted.
      -Entries must be received by the IFRTD Secretariat by the end of the month.
      - Submission can be made by email, fax or post. IFRTD cannot be responsible for entries that are delayed in the post or lost in cyberspace.
      - 1 winner per month will receive £100 as a prize and their winning entry will be published online in the issues section of the IFRTD website.
      - Non-winning entries may also be published online on the IFRTD website. IFRTD reserves the right to publish all entries received on the IFRTD website. Full credit to the author will be given at all times.
      - Winners will contacted directly and announcements will be made in the IFRTD e-newsletter. IFRTD Secretariat cannot enter into correspondence regarding the selection of winners.

      January's theme is 'Bicycles'. The deadline for submission is
      31st January 2007. Please send:
      - email submissions to: ifrtd@...
      - post submissions to: IFRTD Secretariat, 113 Spitfire Studios,
      63-71 Collier Street, London, N1 9BE, United Kingdom
      - or fax submissions to: +44 (0) 20 7713 8290

      Remember to include your full name and contact details with your submission.

      GOOD LUCK!

      This information is also available online at:
      http://ifrtd.gn.apc.org/new/news/full.php?view=147




      The IFRTD is a global network of individuals and organisations working together towards improved access, mobility and economic opportunity for poor communities in developing countries.

      Email: info@...
      Phone: +44 (0) 20 7713 6699
      Websites: www.ifrtd.org / www.mobilityandhealth.org / www.ruralwaterways.org


       

       

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