International development agency Transaid has forged closer links with Integrated Transport Planning (ITP), six years after the two organisations first worked together on a project in Accra, Ghana.
ITP has signed up as a full member of Transaid, which will see the UK-based consultancy commit to making a regular, annual contribution to support the charity’s activities in the developing world. It sees ITP join a growing list of major companies as members, including some of the largest logistics specialists and passenger transport fleet operators, as well as bus, truck and tyre original equipment manufacturers.
Gary Forster, Chief Executive Officer of Transaid, says: "ITP specialises in identifying transport issues and needs, developing plans to address them, and then implementing sustainable transport measures. These skills directly complement everything Transaid is about; we not only welcome their financial support, we will value their strategic input."
Colin Brader, Managing Director of ITP, explains: "We have been long-term admirers of Transaid’s work on the frontline of transport safety and logistics in the developing world. We are proud to become members and look forward to supporting Transaid in its work, adding our own expertise wherever we can."
ITP first worked with Transaid when it played a key role in investigating the development of a ‘Women’s Transport Cooperative’ (WTC) that would own, manage and operate a transport fleet in Accra.
The concept was designed to improve transport services for female market traders and to support the Government’s public transport and poverty alleviation strategy. It culminated with the supply of three Iveco Daily vans in 2008, backed up by a wealth of training to enable the vehicles to be managed and operated successfully.
ITP’s work has seen it operate all over the world, undertaking projects as far afield as Australia, Hong Kong and the Philippines. And like Transaid, it has worked extensively in Africa; in addition to the work with Transaid in Ghana, it has worked in Nigeria, Uganda and South Africa.
As a full member of Transaid, ITP joins a high-profile group of companies which includes Bandvulc Tyres, Bibby Distribution, Cardinal Maritime, DAF Trucks, DHL Supply Chain, Go-Ahead, Hankook Tyre, Hoyer, Iveco, Jaguar Land Rover, MAN Truck & Bus, Michelin, National Express, Norbert Dentressangle, Stagecoach Bus, Volvo Trucks and Wincanton.