Sustainable and affordable rural access is a necessary precondition for
expanding social and economic opportunities for rural women and men,
thereby enhancing pro-poor growth and poverty alleviation efforts.
SEACAP is a poverty-targeted transport initiative within the Global
Transport Knowledge Partnership (gTKP) framework. It is aimed at
improving sustainable access of people in rural communities to health,
education, employment and trade opportunities, with projects currently
in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos PDR, and Sri Lanka.
The programme identifies and supports the uptake of low cost, proven
solutions for rural access. Focused on the needs of poor women and men,
it aims to maximise the use of LOCAL resources, including labour,
materials, enterprise and most importantly ingenuity.
SEACAP provides funding for rural access applied research, disseminating
information to stakeholders and supporting the mainstream application of
better techniques and approaches.
This programme has now expanded to twenty-four projects. The individual
projects demonstrate good practice responses to local demands and in
combination create a comprehensive multi-level approach with high
expectation of the results being MAINSTREAMED into national practice.
SEACAP is primarily funded by DFID having close links with country
governments, WB, ADB, and the EU. It actively seeks to work with other
development partners, by providing practical solutions to access
problems. DFID's support to the rural access sector is especially
important when considering the vast amounts that are invested in the
sector, but very few, other organizations are investing in the
scientific and engineering research necessary to ensure that these
capital investments are yielding optimum returns. Indeed experience on
the ground indicates that they are not.
SEACAP Briefing Paper