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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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.