A monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system is an essential element of the planning, design and implementation of rural transport projects and is useful in assessing whether projects achieve their strategic and development objectives. However, tracking results and being able to use them for future planning is a big challenge for developing and improving rural transport in Africa. There is a lack of evidence on both the development impacts of rural transport improvements and more importantly the benefits they bring to the rural poor.
The present document summarizes the findings after the second cycle of transport data collection in the context of the SSATP transport indicator initiative. By the end of July 2006, 15 countries1 had produced data out of the 21 currently involved.2 All those data have been compiled in a spreadsheet which is an annex to the present document. This second cycle shows some improvements over the first cycle in terms of data formatting and overall quality as well as comprehensiveness.