Accessibility planning and local development - The application possibilities of the IRAP methodology

Rural Access Technical Papers (RATP) No. 2

The IRAP (Integrated Rural Accessibility Planning) methodology is concerned with improvement of the living and working conditions of the rural population, through investments directed towards the most urgent needs for their access to basic goods, social and economic services and employment opportunities. This paper presents the accessibility planning approach and the IRAP methodology, and explores their present and potential usefulness to local level development within today's development context, characterised by trends such as democratisation and decentralisation. The paper concludes by reviewing the different areas in which more R&D work can extend the methodological range of IRAP whilst keeping its edge as a simple, user-friendly and yet powerful planning tool in the service of local level planners and communities