As part of the ILOs sub-regional Informal Economy, Poverty and Employment Project (IE) an interest was shown by the project areas to learn more about and possibly develop an Integrated Rural Accessibility Planning (IRAP) approach and procedure at the local level to help identify local level access problems.
ASIST AP in collaboration with the IE project has started to work with two IE project areas. Batsumber soum and Jargalant soum to test and develop a Mongolia specific IRAP approach.
Mongolia is in the process of decentralising its planning system. The National Sustainable Livelihood Support Programme, under the Office of the Prime Minister, has set up local councils and planning offices to recommend priority investments in areas such as road and bridge construction, restoring schools, water supplies and health centres. However, there is limited capacity for planning and setting priorities at the local level.
IRAP though gives local government officials the tools that can help them make better decisions on where to invest and in what. Making sure that access issues are properly understood and integrated into the planning process means that investment can be improved and better directed to meet the needs of rural communities.
To date, ASIST AP has conducted two sets of training workshops. The first workshop was held in July 2005 and introduced the concept of accessibility planning and developed the village based questionnaire and trained participants on map preparation. The second and final training workshops were held in October 2005 and the same participants were trained in data analysis, problem prioritisation and project proposal design.
The final output of this work will be a standard Mongolian IRAP Guideline and training manual in both English and Mongolian that will be used by the HLSP to build the capacity of the local government councils to identify and address local access and development needs.
- Integrated Rural Accessibility Planning in Mongolia -
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ILO, C. Pearse, 2006