Updated Oct 13, 2020

Pedestrian Footbridges in Rwanda

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Thomas Evan

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A randomized control trial to evaluate the impacts of a nationwide footbridge-building campaign in Rwanda.

The study will evaluate impacts on wages, agricultural technology adoption, income, and food consumption, as well as health and educational outcomes in villages on both sides of the rivers. It will also measure changes in pregnancy and birth outcomes, spillover effects in villages farther from the bridge site, and the effects of shocks from flooding. Understanding this full range of impacts i...
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The study will evaluate impacts on wages, agricultural technology adoption, income, and food consumption, as well as health and educational outcomes in villages on both sides of the rivers. It will also measure changes in pregnancy and birth outcomes, spillover effects in villages farther from the bridge site, and the effects of shocks from flooding. Understanding this full range of impacts is critical for estimating the cost-effectiveness of footbridges. The study will inform both the Rwandan government and the development community at large as they consider whether and how to expand last-mile transportation infrastructure for remote populations.
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The study will inform both the Rwandan government and the development community at large as they consider whether and how to expand last-mile transportation infrastructure for remote populations.

Focus Areas:

Economic Growth and Trade

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Implemented In:

Rwanda

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Problem

During periods of seasonal flooding, isolated rural communities are often cut off from markets and other income-generating opportunities, as well as from health and education facilities. In Rwanda, the vast majority of lower income people live in rural areas with challenging, mountainous terrain. In a country where agriculture accounts for one third of overall GDP and 66 percent of total employment, a lack of reliable access to markets and jobs inhibits growth.

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Solution

To address this challenge, the University of Colorado Boulder (CU) and partner Bridges to Prosperity are building and evaluating footbridges that aim to eliminate rivers as barriers to road networks and critical destinations. Implementing footbridges costs a fraction of what it does to build and maintain vehicle bridges, and evidence shows they can reduce poverty and increase household income. With support from Development Innovation Ventures and Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, CU and their partners at Yale University, the University of Notre Dame, and expert staff in Rwanda are conducting a large-scale randomized controlled trial to evaluate the impacts of a nationwide footbridge-building campaign in Rwanda. The program is delivering 200 bridges to rural populations hampered by lack of access to markets, schools, and services.

Milestone

Sep 2020
Funds RaisedVERIFIED
$1,499,798
TITLEImpact of Pedestrian Footbridges on Rural Communities in Rwanda
TYPEGrant
FOCUS AREAS
Economic Growth and Trade
Implemented InRwanda
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
Rwanda