WORKSHOP 8. RAISING THE PROFILE OF THE RURAL ACCESS INDEX (RAI) AS A VITAL SDG INDICATOR FOR MEASURING RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND CONNECTIVITY

Oct. 8, Tuesday. 14:00-17:30

Capital Suite 7

Chair: Mr. Mark HARVEY, DFID, United Kingdom

The workshops are an integral part of the Congress programme. They take place in parallel with the sessions. They are more interactive than the sessions and are more practical. There is no simultaneous translation.

Introduction

Introductory reports

Session 1: What are the challenges with measurement of the RAI in low income countries?

Introduction to workshop
• Mr. Mark HARVEY

Introduction to the RAI project
• Dr. Annabel BRADBURY, ReCAP, United Kingdom

Introduction to the RAI
• Mr. Robin WORKMAN, TRL, United Kingdom

RAI Measurement Process, Data Collection and Analysis
• Mr. Kevin McPHERSON, TRL, United Kingdom (with input from World Bank representative)

Country experience of RAI measurement – Malawi
• Mr. Chisomo KAUMA, Roads Authority, Malawi

Country experience of RAI measurement – Nepal
• Mr. Mahesh Chandra NEUPANE,Department of Local Infrastructure, Nepal

Panel Discussion
• Representatives from World Bank(TBC), UN(TBC), ADB(James LEATHER), AfDB(Girma BEZABEH), PIARC(TBC), ReCAP(Nazir ALLI), TRL(TBC)

Break 15:30-16:00

Session 2: How can the sustainability, accuracy and consistency of the RAI be enhanced?

Proposals for RAI accuracy, reliability and sustainability
• Mr. Kevin McPHERSON

Potential for future technological options for RAI measurement
• Mr. Robin WORKMAN

Audience interaction, group work, power votes
• Workshop managed by TRL

Panel Discussion
• Representatives from World Bank, UN, ADB, AfDB, PIARC, ReCAP, TRL

Conclusion