The World Bank's Annual Transport Forum was held from 26th to 30th of March in Washington DC, USA. The event brought together internal World Bank staff from the various country offices as well as external participants both from civil society and governments. The World Bank's Transport and Social Responsibility Thematic Group also supported IFRTD's participation consisting of Marinke van Riet, IFRTD London, and Andrea Gutierrez, Professor in Geography at the University of Buenos Aires and IFRTD member from Argentina and Maria Brooks, Transport Specialist working for a joint Danida and National Government Transport Programme in Nicaragua. They were selected to participate following the recent workshop on Transport Results Measurement held in Peru.
As part of the Forum the World Bank's Energy, Transport and Water Group introduced its new transport strategy with a significant focus on poverty and gender issues as they are related to the sector. Other presentations included safety, subsidies as an option for public transport programmes, affordable low cost transport solutions and a panel session on transport and poverty. Despite the new strategy however, very little discussion was held on gender issues and the need to collect gender-disaggregated data as well as gender mainstreaming in the WB transport group.
IFRTD participated in the various sessions and also designed a stand on Mapping Mobility, Access and Gender as an introduction to an Atlas on Gender and Transport, a concept that was recently revitalised by the Gender and Transport Network, called GATNET (www.gatnet.net). Maria, Andrea and Marinke also did a presentation on the results of the workshop in Peru during the Transport Results Measurement Initiative, one of the learning events of the Transport Forum.
For more information on the event and the various presentations please visit http://go.worldbank.org/5DIMX8JEQ0
Click here to view the IFRTD Stand - Mapping Mobility, Access and Gender