Rural Access Index (RAI) - the case of Timor-Leste: R4D technical paper

Explains the applications of the Rural Access Index as a tool for policy makers, government agencies and practitioners working in the roads sector, for formulating road policies and strategies, in guiding and managing investments in the roads sector, and in monitoring the effectiveness of investments in the sector.

The paper also compares different ways of calculating the RAI. Special attention is given to an innovative way in which the RAI was calculated in Timor-Leste. This was done within the framework of the R4D program which is implemented since 2012. R4D is the Government of Timor-Leste’s main program for the development of rural roads in the country. It is being implemented with financial support from the Australian Government and technical assistance from the International Labour Organization (ILO).