Implementation Of iRAP: In-Country Team-Collaboration And Capacity Building, (13th REAAA CONFERENCE, Incheon, Korea, September 2009)

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Malaysia is among four pilot countries who have implemented the pilot programme for the International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP). When this programme was introduced in Malaysia, efforts from inter-agencies, both private and government sectors played a major role in its success. Having surveyed 3,600km of roads in Malaysia, the road agencies are committed to implement the countermeasures recommended in order to evaluate the effectiveness thus closing the loop to the implementation of the programme.
Collaboration and coordinating efforts is vital in the success of this programme. This paper will focus on how the in-country teams can ascertain that the programme carries on after the International expert group leaves the country. The formation of the steering committee for the implementation of the programme is only one aspect, while the capacity building of road raters, purchasing of equipment required carrying out the survey and the commitment from the road agencies to implement and evaluate the countermeasures needs to be planned and budgeted for.
The global partnership may have been established but to ascertain that this programme is sustainable by the in-country teams, it needs a lot of collaborative efforts. Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research has been entrusted to take up this responsibility especially in the capacity building aspect. MIROS is also evaluating the countermeasures recommended after it has been implemented.


iRAP, inter-agencies, collaborative efforts, sustainable programme, capacity building

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