In Nepal, remote communities are often cut off from local markets due to the steep terrain making journeys difficult and lengthy. As part of the ‘Access to Opportunities’ Project, Practical Action installed a gravity ropeway which has helped improve access to local markets and essential services such as health education and water for socially excluded, disadvantaged and low-caste people. These gravity ropeways are managed by local user committees who can then collect small fees which pay for the operators’ wages, maintenance costs and also some profit for investment.
Community ownership and management of transport services are essential in ensuring that these systems are properly maintained and valued in the long-term, and the sustainability has been facilitated building the capacity of community user committees to plan, manage, operate and maintain the systems.
For more information on Practical Action's work in transportation please see here.