A factsheet was developed by the SLoCaT in partnership with, and support of the UK Aid-funded Research for Community Access Partnership (ReCAP) on a set of key messages on rural transport and SDGs. The factsheet is available in English and French.
The factsheet outlines the critical role of rural transport in achieving the SDGs and gives specific country examples of how rural transport infrastructure and services contribute to realizing SDG 1 to alleviate poverty; SDG 2 to achieve zero hunger and ensure food security; SDG 3 to ensure good health and well-being; SDG 4 to provide access to education; SDG 5 to empower women in rural areas; SDG 6 to facilitate access to clean water and sanitation; SDG 8 to promote inclusive growth and economic opportunities; SDG 9 and SDG 11 to contribute to sustainable infrastructure and communities for all; and SDG 13 to increase climate resilience and adaptation in rural areas. In addition to indirect linkages to SDGs and associated targets, rural access is directly addressed in SDG indicator 9.1.1 (Proportion of the rural population who live within 2 km of an all-season road) developed by the Interagency Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goals.
The factsheet also highlights the Sustainable Mobility for All (SuM4ALL) initiative, which was established in 2017 with the aim to act as a platform for advocacy to influence policies on sustainable mobility at global to local levels. The initiative works to facilitate the delivery of four primary objectives of sustainable transport, which include Universal Access, Efficiency, Safety, and Green Mobility. Rural Access and Urban Access are the two sub-objectives under the SuM4All Universal Access objective.