Transaid and a Way Forward for Transport Research in Africa
This mail represents a “call to arms” for transport researchers
interested in making an impact on the lives of those in the developing world.
Transaid is an international development charity which seeks to reduce
poverty and improve quality of life through providing better access to
basic services such as health, education and economic opportunities in
Africa and other parts of the developing world. By working with the UK
transport and logistics industry Transaid builds local skills and
knowledge to make transport safer, cheaper and more effective.
Transaid seeks a world where transport contributes fully to a better
quality of life in Africa and other developing countries.
Our works focuses on 3 specific areas; firstly the implementation of
transport management systems within public sector organizations such as
Ministries of Health to help reduce transport costs and increase the
efficiency of service delivery fleets. Secondly we work on issues
associated with commercial driver training standards â€“ specifically we
help national Road Safety agencies develop national driver training
standards throughout Africa whilst also working to build the capacity of
driver training facilities at the grass roots level. Thirdly Transaid has
a focus on providing access to healthcare through the logistical support
which we give to existing health projects and through the development of
health transport solutions such as bicycle and motorcycle ambulances for
Transaid often conducts monitoring and evaluation activities following its
projects to analyse the impact of the interventions taken. However, we
currently need a concerted research effort to help prove the efficacy of
our work, to provide insight as to ways in which we could improve our
future interventions and to provide a foundation for advocacy with
international organizations such as the World Bank, Gates Foundation and
US Agency for International Development (USAID).
Transaid is calling out to researchers who have a keen interest in
transport as a development issue, who would be willing to conduct research
overseas in either West or Sothern Africa, and who would be able to assist
in fund raising activities to support a programme of research.
If you are interested in providing assistance to Transaid please contact
Gary Forster, Transaidâ€™s Head of Programme Development at
<mailto:garyjforster@...@.... For more
information about Transaidâ€™s work please visit
Head of Program Development
Zambia Cell: 00260 979 454 700 (Currently in use)
Swaziland Cell: 00268 660 9963
South Africa Cell: 0027 782 131 829
East Africa Cell: 00255 784 379 268
Transaid - transport for life, 137 Euston Road, London, NW1 2 AA.
Tel +44 (0) 20 7387 8136, Fax +44 (0) 20 7387 2669
Registered in England and Wales as a company limited by guarantee no. 3511363
Registered charity no: 1072105
Visit our website at www.transaid.org
Office location - 4Q61
International Network http://www.geo.uu.nl/mobilizingICT