The scoping study findings revealed that the roads infrastructure sector is growing, and with it, the rural roads sub-sector.
The sector overview completed for this scoping study shows that Afghanistan’s transportation system comprises inland waterways, air, rail and road transport modes. The Ministry of Public Works (MPW) is responsible for provincial road works, while the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) oversees rural roads. In order to address the gaps in Afghanistan’s rural transport infrastructure, six research areas, primarily focusing on capacity building, were identified by the Scoping Study Team. These include:
Building Sustainable Knowledge Generation and Management Capacity for Rural Access and Mobility;
Capacity Building in Asset Management;
Design and Development of “Low Volume Roads (LVR) Design Manual”;
Using Intermediate Innovative Technologies to Support Local Communities’ Ownership of Rural Roads;
Transport Services and the Movement of Goods and People: Understanding Costs;
Support for Project Quality Assurance/Quality Control and Oversight.
Afghanistan’s environment poses both significant challenges as well as the opportunity for meaningful impact in rural roads and transport research.
This project is funded by DFID under the Applied Research on Rural Roads and Transport Services through Community Access Programmes in Africa and Asia (AFCAP2 and AsCAP)
Barrett, K.; Sahar, N.; Rahimi, A.; Roshan, M.(2017). Scoping Study for Afghanistan – Final Report. London: ReCAP for DFID.