The World Bank Groupâ€™s Transport Business Strategy 2008-2012.
Around the world, in much of development work, transport is the ultimate enabler. By serving other sectors of a nationâ€™s economy, it puts development goals within reach. We know, for instance, that an estimated 75 percent of maternal deaths could be prevented through timely access to childbirth-related care, facilitated by transport. We know that girlsâ€™ enrollment in education can more than triple after completion of a rural road. And, we know that lowering transport costs along a modernized international corridor can unlock growth potential, create jobs, and bring wealth to local communities.
Mobilityâ€”the ability to access health care, education, jobs, and marketsâ€”may be something that citizens of developed countries take for granted. Yet for the 1 billion poor people in developing countries today who lack access to basic all-weather roads, for the 40-60 percent of people in developing countries who live more than 8 kilometers from a health care facility, or for poor urban dwellers who must spend up to five hours daily commuting in order to make a living, safe, clean, and affordable transport is a necessity.
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