Rural Access Measurement - Informing Development Policy

This paper describes the Rural Access Index (RAI), a ‘high level’ indicator which has been established to focus on the critical role of access and mobility in reducing poverty in poor countries. The Index is defined together with the endorsed method of measurement which is by analyzing the results of representative household surveys. It has been adopted as part of the Results Measurement System for low income countries receiving assistance under the fourteenth tranche of the International Development Association (IDA). Current estimates of the Index indicate that some 900 million rural dwellers world wide do not have adequate access to a formal transport system. Initial values for more than 30 low income countries show the overall level of access for their rural population to be 57 percent. For a selection of middle income countries the average value of access is nearly 90 percent. On a regional basis access is worst for countries of Sub-Saharan Africa for which the average RAI is 30 percent. The paper presents some examples of how the RAI is being used by countries to inform and implement their policies. Initial time-series data are available for some countries with rather poor levels of rural access which made a strong commitment to improve this and which targeted resources accordingly. These data indicate that such countries have been able to improve access by about 3% each year.


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  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 16p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 86th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers CD-ROM

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  • Accession Number: 01045031
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 07-3164
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Feb 8 2007 7:52PM