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Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and FUNGLODE Announce Presentation of El Metro Publication

Santo Domingo, January 9, 2013

On January 15, 2013 a report published earlier in 2012 regarding “El Metro and the Impacts of Transportation System Integration in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic,” will be presented by Carl Allen, 2009 GFDD/FUNGLODE Fellow and graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School Master’s Program in Public Policy and Urban Planning.

Mr. Allen’s comprehensive study is an evaluation of the potential impact of the transportation system on poverty alleviation, congestion, pollution reduction and social and economic development. The outcome of his research is this extensive report on the effects of the metro and feeder bus routes on the nation’s urban development, which includes recommendations for maximizing societal benefits.

The subject of sustainable transportation and green development is at the core of the mission of FUNGLODE and Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD), organizations which promote the generation of scholarship aimed at influencing public policy on economic and social development, both at the national and international level.

As a GFDD Fellow, Mr. Allen spent the summer of 2009 and January 2010 carrying out research under the guidance of his National Academic Advisor, Mr. Leonel Carrasco, Sub-Director of OPRET (Oficina Para el Reordenamiento del Transporte). His research methodology consisted of the examination of first and secondary sources, including OPRET data and documents and review of Dominican media sources.

The report forms part of GFDD’s publication series Research and Ideas, which aims to promote knowledge sharing and best practices.Copies of the book will be on sale during the presentation which will take place in FUNGLODE's Auditorium at 7pm on Tuesday, January 15.