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e-Learning course on Appraising the wider Economic Benefits of Transport Corridor Investments

Transport corridors—large highways, railways, and waterways connecting countries and continents—offer enormous potential to boost Asia’s economic growth, spur job creation, and reduce poverty, if the new trade routes spread their benefits widely and limit negative environmental impacts. But countries need to change the mindset that transport corridors are mere engineering feats designed to move along vehicles and commodities.
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The course reviews case studies of past and recent corridor initiatives, provides rigorous analysis of the literature on the spatial impact of corridors, and offers assessments of corridor investment projects supported by international development organizations. A series of spotlights examines such issues as private sector co-investment; the impacts of corridors on small enterprises and women; and issues with implementing cross-border corridors. The course aims to introduce its participants to a sound empirical methodology that could ensure that the social and economic benefits of transport corridor investments are more widely and equitably spread, and possible negative impacts such as congestion, environmental degradation, and other risks or unintended consequences are minimized or avoided. The appraisal perspective and methodology introduced in this course shows how the web of interconnected elements around corridors can be disentangled and the most promising corridor proposals—the ones with the greatest wider economic benefits (WEB)—can be selected.
e-Learning course on Appraising the wider Economic Benefits of Transport Corridor Investments
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