InARoaD - IRF | International Road Federation - Better Roads, Better World


The Innovation Award for Road Transport in Developing Countries (InARoaD) is a competition recognising exemplary projects that have made real impacts on transport in developing countries and rewarding innovative, sustainable and good practices in this field. By honouring excellence and innovation in transport the award seeks to showcase the positive impacts of improved road infrastructure and transport conditions on the quality of life of communities and its vital contribution to poverty reduction, thus encouraging decision-makers and practitioners worldwide to implement such solutions.

The International Road Federation is proud to announce the winners of the 2012 InARoaD competition:

First Prize - Aceh Road Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Project
Aceh, Indonesia - submitted by Mr. Roy Ventura, USAID, Indonesia.
Technical category: Rural Transport
In designing and constructing a new high-tech coastal highway to trigger the Aceh economy, the winning InARoaD project had to overcome endless obstacles of logistics, government coordination, community outreach, capacity building/technology transfer, budget constraints and environmental management in a devastated, rudimentary location that - on top of everything else - had been the scene of a 30 year insurgency.
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Second Prize - Consultancy Services for the Maintenance Needs Assessment and Updating of Road Financing Study
Ethiopia - submitted by Mr. Satyakam, Intercontinental Consultants and Technocrats Pvt. Ltd, India
Technical category: Finance & Economics
The Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has accorded high priority for road sector development programmes. As a result, considerable investments have been made to improve the country's road networks as a basis for enhancing overall socio-economic development. Read more
Third Prize - Ghana Bamboo Bike Initiative
Ghana - submitted by Miss. Bernice Dapaah, Bright Generation Community Foundation
Technical category: Social Development
This InARoaD laureate addresses the quadruple problems of climate change, poverty, rural-urban migration and high unemployment amongst youth by creating sustainable livelihood job skills as bamboo bike builders. The project produces high-quality multipurpose bikes, made from an abundant local resource, that are appropriate for specific local needs and the country’s high terrain. Read more
Honorable mentions:
Professional Driver Training Project Zambia - submitted by Mr. Gary Foster, Transaid, United Kingdom
Technical Category: Road Safety
Enterprise Road Management System - submitted by Mr. Rajiv Sharaf, Reliance Infrastructure Ltd, India
Technical Category: Governance
Media Campaign for Public Support for Cleaner Buses and Fuels - submitted by Mr. Cosmas P.M. Takule, Dar Rapid Transit Agency, Tanzania
Technical Category: Urban Mobility
Ethnic Minority Women's Rural Road Maintenance in Vietnam - submitted by Phuong Thi Minh Tran, World Bank, EASVS country office, Vietnam
Technical Category: Social Development

The InARoaD award recognizes exemplary projects that have made real impact on transport in developing countries, that are innovative, sustainable and represent good practices in this field. It seeks to showcase the positive impact of improved road infrastructure and transport conditions on communities, quality of life, poverty reduction and thus encouraging decision-makers to implement such solutions.

The Award Ceremony will be held on the evening of Tuesday 19th March during the Gala Dinner marking the opening day of the IRF Regional Conference: North Africa & Mediterranean (19-20 March, 2013). It will be a prestigious feature of this major event on the IRF calendar and offers yet another incentive to join us Marrakech. More information, including details on how to register and a full preliminary programme, can be found here. Reserve your place now!

The projects submitted which fulfil the application criteria and are considered to show exceptional merit will be integrated in to the gTKP knowledge library as examples of good practice to encourage South-South exchange.