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Developing Countries: Transport

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the World Bank on research into low-cost transport options for poorer communities. (197729)

Officials from the Department for International Development (DFID) discussed research relevant to low-cost transport options with the World Bank in the first quarter of this year. This topic has been incorporated into wide-ranging provision for collaborative work which falls with the following areas:

(a) DFID’s South East Asia Community Access Programme (SEACAP) designed to enhance the pro-poor content of World Bank’s programmes in the Mekong area.

(b) The World Bank’s Sub-Saharan Africa Transport Policy programme (SSATP), which will co-ordinate the Steering Group for DFID’s African Community Access programme (AFCAP)

(c) A joint programme of transport research support to be based in the Transport Unit within the World Bank’s sustainable development network in Washington; and

(d) Co-operation with the World Bank in the work of the DFID-funded global transport knowledge partnership.