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Cardno International Development Awarded Sustainability Prize

Cardno International Development have the privilege of announcing that two technical papers prepared under a Cardno programme have been awarded prizes by the UK National Committee of the World Road Association (WRA).

The DFID funded and Cardno managed Research for Community Access Partnership (ReCAP) programme promotes safe and sustainable transport for rural communities in 17 different countries across Africa and Asia.

The Rural Access Index (RAI) paper, authored by Robin Workman and Kevin McPherson from TRL, and Dr Annabel Bradbury, Principal Consultant at Cardno, won the UK award for Sustainable Development. The prize winning paper raises the profile of the Rural Access Index as a vital indicator for measuring rural development and connectivity. The RAI is an indicator used to monitor the progress of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal’s (SDG), in particular Goal 9, by measuring the Proportion of Rural People who Live within 2km of an all Season Road.

Award winning paper authors posing with their new framed certificates

Pictured left to right: Kevin McPherson, Robin Workman, Annabel Bradbury, Paul Starkey.

A second paper, the Qingqi transport paper, authored by Paul Starkey (IMC Worldwide), Zahara Batool (University of Lahore) and Muhammad Younis (University of Lahore), focusing on the expansion of three wheeler transport services in Pakistan. This paper won the UK prize for Roads and Intermodality, which is the term used to describe an inter-connected public transport network.

The ReCAP Programme Director, Dave Runganikaloo and the prize winning authors were invited to the 26th World Road Congress UK Pavilion launch event at the House of Commons on Monday 9th September. The Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps gave a welcome address, and the UAE Ambassador, Mansoor Abulhoul, CEO of Transport Scotland, Hugh Gillies, and Laura Faulkner from the Department of International Trade also gave speeches, followed by the presentation of the awards by Baroness Vere, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Transport.

A third ReCAP paper ‘Economic growth through effective rural road Asset Management’, authored by Rob Geddes (CDS), Emma Mbabazi (UNRA) and Presley Chilonda (RDA), has also been nominated for the international prize for Developing Countries by the WRA. The winners will be announced at the World Congress in Abu Dhabi (6-10 October 2019), for which the theme is Connecting Cultures, Enabling Economies. Cardno is pleased to say that 11 papers produced from ReCAP-supported research have been accepted for inclusion at the Congress as presentations and for poster sessions. ReCAP will also contribute to the Department for Transport stand in the UK pavilion at the Congress.

Read our recent article on ReCAP and the RAI