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HVT Launches Rapid Response Transport Research Programme to provide guidance for developing countries to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic

The High Volume Transport programme (HVT) has commissioned 21 research projects to help Low-Income Countries (LICs) respond to the impact of COVID-19 through transport management and policy guidance.

The new portfolio of research has been made possible by a new £500k COVID-19 Response and Recovery Transport Research Fund created by HVT. It will provide a range of practical ways to help manage immediate response and guide recovery in LICs. It includes innovative technology, evidence-based advice and methods to fast-track knowledge, experience, learning resources and best practice to those who need it in LICs.

COVID-19 is having a devastating socio-economic impact worldwide which has been felt acutely by people in LICs, particularly for vulnerable groups and people with disabilities. Transport is at the centre of managing the spread of the pandemic and will be key to ensuring rapid and sustained recovery.

The research projects cover a range of investigations into transport and COVID-19 examining health issues, inclusion, economics and finance across many African and Asian countries. They are:

Grants range from £10,000 to £50,000. The projects are being run in a lean way to enable guidance to be produced rapidly for end users in LICs. The first tranche of findings from the research will be available within a few months.

The HVT programme has pivoted activities effectively to direct funds into the fight against COVID-19. These new COVID-19 projects will supplement the core programme which aims to make transport greener, more accessible, more inclusive and safer in Low-Income Countries. The core programme itself has also been refocused to draw out learnings for COVID-19 response and recovery strategies.

All in, the HVT programme now manages 34 research studies all of which will produce insight into the best ways to deal with the pandemic in Low-Income Countries.