Evidence shows that countries that invest in research develop faster economically. Research is the mechanism for the advancement of knowledge and economic growth is directly linked to investment in research. Increased investment in research in by developing countries will result in local and appropriate solutions to their transport problems. This paper gives examples of the benefits from investment in research in the transport sector, describes programmes designed to facilitate innovation and research in the sector, gives examples of research needs, and suggests ways in which developing country organisations can establish a framework for carrying out research. Research programmes mentioned include SEACAP and AFCAP.
Presentation to AFCAP Practitioners Meeting, 23-25 November 2010, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 22 pp.