Transport is key to economic development in low-income countries. It allows markets to move. It breathes life into the vital organs of society: local communities, workplaces, schools, hospitals, rural health centers, and entrepreneurial opportunities. But transport in many low-income countries is unsafe and environmentally unsound, and there is a lack of applicable evidence to inform important investments in a rapidly changing climate and transport environment. The evidence base that does exist is often out of date and inadequate.
Through the Applied Research in High Volume Transport project, DT Global helps to close the evidence base investment gap by providing a new ecosystem of knowledge about sustainable transport development in low-income countries. The Applied Research in High Volume Transport project creates policy, engineering, and technical research that will support African and Asian countries to develop strategic, cost effective, safe, and low carbon passenger and freight transport and transport services. The priority research areas include climate mitigation and adaptation; inclusion, gender, and road safety; policy and regulations; technology and innovation; fragile and conflict-affected states; and research uptake and capacity building. These areas will be studied across three types of transport: long distance strategic corridors for road and rail, urban transport, and low-carbon transport.
through a comprehensive state of review undertaken by academic and research institutions, using insight papers and early-stage innovation research to identify research gaps, conduct research, adapt knowledge, and promote uptake of findings. Program results to date include: