This paper, published in the 86th UNESCAP Transport Bulletin, states that the provision of transport services for people and goods in rural areas is a major, but often neglected, issue in developing countries. All countries accept the need for state involvement in the provision of rural road infrastructure in developed countries, almost without exception, rural public transport services, are regulated and subsidized. In contrast, in developing and middle income countries government support for rural transport services varies widely from virtually nothing to a comprehensive programme.
The paper explores these issues together with a range of initiatives that have been implemented and proposed by different Asian countries. The paper examines sources of funding and considers the need for collecting more information to improve decision making.
This paper is part of Applied Research on Rural Roads and Transport Services through Community Access Programmes in Africa and Asia (AFCAP2 and AsCAP)
Hine, J., Huizenga, C., Peet, K. (2016). Financing Rural Transport Services: Implications for the Asia-Pacific Region. In: UNESCAP Transport and Communication Bulletin for Asia and the Pacific [online]. V86, pp. 58-70. Available at: http://www.unescap.org/resources/transport-and-communications-bulletin-asia-and-pacific-no-86-sustainable-rural-access. [Accessed: 2017-02-07]