Initiative: TRAIL (Transformative Rural Access for Improved Livelihoods) Ethiopia
Partner: Private sector entities throughout Ethiopia, in partnership with Helvetas and the Government of Ethiopia
Approach: The overall objective of TRAIL Ethiopia is to create the enabling environment for a sustained national program to address rural access throughout the nation in partnership with Helvetas and the Government of Ethiopia. The project includes the construction of 150 trail bridges across six regions, an extensive research and evaluation effort to support long-term scaling in Ethiopia and beyond, and a robust capacity-building program directed at the private sector. This work includes training and qualification of local consultants in the design and construction of trail bridges, training for fabricators in the manufacture of quality components, and the development of curriculum and courses for vocational training centers and universities that ultimately create the pipeline of qualified professionals for private sector actors in the short and long-term.
Results and Impact: To date, the TRAIL Ethiopia program has provided hands-on training for dozens of private sector entities in the design and safe construction of rural trail bridges on schedule and budget. Additionally, more than 15 bridges have been completed by the private sector, and regional governments have committed well over two million USD to the tendering and constructing of trail bridges through the private sector over the next year. Additionally, seven universities and eight polytechnical colleges have created a knowledge-sharing network focused on rural access development.