COVID-19 Response & Recovery: the IRF at work on two HVT Projects

COVID-19 Response & Recovery: the IRF at work on two HVT Projects

Earlier this year, the COVID-19 Response & Recovery Transport Research Fund was established by the Research for Community Access Partnership (ReCAP) and the High Volume Transport Applied Research Programme (HVT) as part of the UK Department for International Development’s (DFID now FCDO) response to COVID-19.

COVID-19 is having a devastating socio-economic impact globally and has been acutely felt not least by people in low-income countries (LIC). Transport is at the centre of managing the spread of the pandemic and will be key to ensuring rapid and sustained recovery. A Call for Action highlighted the need for: a) curation of LIC-specific information, b) a common platform for COVID-19 impacts information, and, c) transformative transport agenda for a post-COVID-19 world.

In response to this Call, two IRF projects were selected for implementation and have commenced in November 2020. Firstly, the IRF, in collaboration with the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety, has started working on the six-month project “Africa’s response to COVID-19 and its impact on transport and mobility of people and goods.  A review of policy and practice in seven African countries.”. This project focusses on Cameroon, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda.

Specifically, this research project aims to fill the gap between COVID-19 policy design and implementation and impact by gathering data on the COVID-19 related restrictions that were implemented in these countries at the institutional level, and how these impacted transport and mobility of people and goods on the ground. The project will provide evidence-based suggestions that policy makers in Africa should consider when defining responses to potential future waves of COVID-19 and recovery measures.

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Secondly, the IRF was awarded a three-month project to transform and enhance the existing Global Transport Knowledge Portal (gTKP). This platform, originally created through generous funding by DFID, and which has been hosted by the IRF since 2009 will be enhanced to fast-track LIC (and others) access to knowledge, experience, learning resources and good practices on COVID-19 response and impacts. Further, the aim is to work in partnership with other initiatives and organisations, and to see gTKP grow into a fully-fledged capacity-building hub in the near future.

The project intends to locate and gather currently available and relevant resources for LICs, and to provide effective access to hands-on knowledge and expertise that can inform action at all levels and help build local capacity, as well as to identify the needs and potential gaps.

For more information, please contact the IRF Secretariat at

Liesbeth CasierSenior Policy Advisor, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

Liesbeth Casier is a Senior Policy Advisor with IISD’s Economic Law and Policy Program. She works with the Public Procurement and Infrastructure Finance team on research and advisory services that involve innovation in public procurement. She also works on IISD’s Sustainable Asset Valuation. Liesbeth has advised governments in Bhutan, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, India, Morocco, Paraguay, Senegal, South Africa and the Netherlands.
Liesbeth also works extensively with the European Commission, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on policy frameworks and the business case for sustainable infrastructure. She represents IISD at the OECD Working Group on Leading Practitioners on Public Procurement.
Liesbeth previously worked with UN Environment and started her career as consultant in auditing and corporate finance with a family-owned consultancy business in Belgium. Liesbeth has an academic background in political science and law.