Rural Roads for Development Course



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Rural Roads for Development Course

September 9, 2019 - September 13, 2019

The University of Birmingham, in association with the International Road Federation Geneva is pleased to offer this hands-on training course in the area of rural roads.


The course is a 5-day, intensive and practical residential programme delivered by experts of international repute. It is aimed at road sector professionals, road engineers, field engineers, planners, road maintenance managers who want to be exposed to cutting-edge established methodologies in rural transport for development.


By the end of the course, the participants are expected to have acquired an understanding of the following key items:


  • Analytical framework for understanding rural transport
  • Pro-poor transport appraisal including methods for capturing non-monetary benefits
  • Rural Road design and construction
  • Labour-based & intermediate technologies
  • Implications of climate change


The course will include laboratory sessions to better understand simple tests which can be used in the field to determine soil properties required for appropriate design and maintenance.

Who should attend:

  • road engineers
  • managers
  • other road sector professionals who work in the areas of rural roads
  • feeder roads
  • road management
  • road financing
  • road maintenance

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Michael Burrow, University of Birmingham
  • Dr Gurmel Ghataora, University of Birmingham
  • Dr Reiner Koblo, KfW
  • Dr Ashok Kumar, World Bank
  • John Hine, former World Bank and TRL
  • Rob Petts, Intech Associates


The course is delivered in the state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities of the University of Birmingham.


For more information visit and for any question, please contact the IRF Geneva Secretariat at


September 9, 2019
September 13, 2019
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Birmingham, UK
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