Governments in developing countries recognise that a greater choice of transport is good for the population, but priority is usually given to building main roads that only serve the better-off. People in the poorest rural communities rarely benefit.
Improving the access and mobility of the isolated poor paves the way for access to markets, services and opportunities. By improving transport people are able to access markets where they can buy or sell goods for income, and make better use of essential services such as health and education.
For more than 40 years, Practical Action have worked with poor communities to identify the types of transport that work best, taking into consideration culture, needs and skills. With our technical and practical support, isolated rural communities can design, build and maintain their own solutions.