Enhancing the understanding on safe motorcycle and three-wheeler use for rural transport – Progress Report

This Progress Report details progress during the first seven months of the project ‘Enhancing understanding on safe motorcycle and three-wheeler use for rural transport and the implications for appropriate training and regulatory frameworks’, which included an inception report and a literature review.

ReCAP is a six-year programme of applied research and knowledge dissemination funded by a grant from the UK Government through the DfID. The overall aim is to promote safe and sustainable rural access in Africa and Asia through research and knowledge sharing between participating countries and the wider community.

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Enhancing the understanding on safe motorcycle and three-wheeler use for rural transport- Literature Review

The purpose of this literature review was to generate contextual information to inform the development of research strategies in the project’s four focal countries: Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.  The literature review draws on existing academic and grey literature. It maps the growth in use of motorcycles and motorised three-wheelers in sub-Saharan Africa and examines the benefits and disbenefits of their use as a means of public transport, with a particular emphasis on their use in rural areas. It describes the implications of the existing lack of regulatory frameworks covering motorcycles and three-wheelers, as well as gender, mobility and road safety issues.

ReCAP is a six-year programme of applied research and knowledge dissemination funded by a grant from the UK Government through the DfID. The overall aim is to promote safe and sustainable rural access in Africa and Asia through research and knowledge sharing between participating countries and the wider community.

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Transaid’s MSD for Ugandan Mothers Programme

As a partner in the MSD for Ugandan Mothers Programme, Transaid addressed the transport related constraints to accessing maternal health services through the design and implementation of an emergency transport scheme to improve access for pregnant women.

Transaid also implemented another access to health programme, MORE MAMaZ (click here) which aimed to increase the use of maternal and new-born health services among rural communities in Zambia. It built on the successes achieved by a predecessor programme, Mobilizing Access to Maternal Health Services in Zambia (MAMaZ), implemented between 2010-2013.

To read more about the MSD Uganda Mothers Programme, click below.

An introductory webinar on the topic of Motorcycle Taxis in the Rural Context in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia

This free, introductory webinar on the topic of Motorcycle Taxis in the rural context of Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia was held on Thursday 6th of April 2017. This was a Research for Community Access Partnership (ReCAP) event, made possible with funding from the Department for International Development and facilitated by Transaid.

 

ReCAP is a six-year programme of applied research and knowledge dissemination funded by a grant from the UK Government through the DfID. The overall aim is to promote safe and sustainable rural access in Africa and Asia through research and knowledge sharing between participating countries and the wider community. Transaid would like to thank ReCAP; as without their support, this webinar would not have been possible.

 

The webinar brought together African and Asian transport research practitioners, from within research institutes and universities, regulators and practitioners. Our panel of experts included Mr. Leo Ngowi from the Surface and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority in Tanzania (SUMATRA), Dr. Elizabeth Ekirapa Kiracho from Makerere University in Uganda and Mr. Felix Wilhelm Siebert from the Technical University of Berlin. The discussion was moderated by Caroline Barber, Head of Programmes at Transaid who invited participants to ask questions as well as to contribute ideas for further research into this topic.

 

Please click here to listen to the recording of the webinar. To view the webinar presentations (available in English and French) and other related materials please click on the resources below.

2012-2015 “An Emergency Transport Scheme in Rural/Peri-Urban Uganda that Utilises Informal Transport Services

This technical case study outlines Transaid’s involvement in a 4 year programme called MSD for Ugandan Mothers (MUM). The MUM programme works with franchised, private health facilities, local businesses, and communities to expand women’s access to affordable, quality maternal healthcare. Transaid worked as part of the MUM programme to improve the understanding around the transport related constraints to women accessing maternal healthcare and to design and implement an intervention to improve access.

Projet de recherche AFCAP : Une enquête sur le Rôle des Associations d’Opérateurs de Transport dans le Façonnement des Services de Transport en Zones Rurales en Afrique

Cette étude de cas technique résume l’origine, la méthodologie et les conclusions d’un projet de recherche sur le rôle des associations d’opérateurs de transport dans le  façonnement des services de transport en zones rurales en Afrique. Ce projet a comporté une recherche documentaire systématique, des entretiens et un atelier pour les parties concernées.

2015 – “Developing an East African Community Standardised Driver Training Curriculum and Instructor’s Manual for Drivers of Large Commercial Vehicles”

This technical case study outlines the background, methodology and conclusions of a six month programme that developed a standardised driver training curriculum and instructor’s manual for drivers of large commercial vehicles. The curriculum and instructor’s manual were developed for the East African Community and funded by TradeMark East Africa.

An Investigation into the Role of Transport Operator Associations in Shaping Transport Services in Africa’s Rural Areas

This final report contains the overall findings of the literature review, interviews and field research undertaken in order to investigate the role of transport operator associations in shaping transport services in rural areas of Sub-Saharan Africa. This AFCAP-funded study explored the role of both public and private transport operator associations in influencing issues such as routing, scheduling and fare setting. The research also explored the role the associations play in shaping rural access as well as the influence they have regarding road safety issues and interaction with police, authorities and other relevant actors. It builds on AFCAP’s review of rural transport services. The literature review revealed that there is very little knowledge of how transport operator associations actually work in rural areas and what positive and negative effects they have on the operation of commercially viable rural transport services. The literature review and small field research study enabled some promising
practices to be identified that show potential for replication/scale up, including strengthening associations, supporting the creation of new associations, promoting cooperation between authorities and associations, mentoring schemes for small operators and capacity building opportunities. A number of specific future research areas and opportunities for demonstration projects have also been identified.

2011 – “Uganda Co-operative Transport Workshop Toolkit”

This technical case study details the background, methodology and conclusions of a project that focused on bringing together a number of cooperatives in Uganda  to understand more about their transport issues and creating practical tools and guidelines to manage these challenges.