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Title:Living in a Walking World: Rural Mobility and Social Equity Issues in Sub-Saharan Africa
Author:Porter, Gina
Year:2002
Periodical:World Development
Volume:30
Issue:2
Period:February
Pages:285-300
Language:English
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:social inequality
rural development
road transport
Development and Technology
Politics and Government
Cultural Roles
economics
Link:https://doi.org/10.1016/S0305-750X(01)00106-1
Abstract:This paper on rural mobility examines the lived experiences of women and men in off-road villages in Ghana. These it considers not only in immediate practical terms of obtaining medical attention, market outlets and credit, but also in terms of the power relationships between roadside and off-road settlements, with specific reference to access to the political process in the context of decentralization policies. Women and men living off-road are frequently marginalized and invisible, even to local administrations. Women residents in off-road settlements face particular disadvantages due to the enormity of their transport burdens. State decentralization appears to have had little positive impact in reducing 'tarmac bias' and improving rural service delivery. A range of potential interventions, from intermediate means of transport to electronic communications, is reviewed, and opportunities for building social capital in off-road areas through nurturing improvements in State-civil society relations are considered. The discussion is based on recently completed research in coastal Ghana and builds on the author's earlier work in Nigeria and on development literature. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.
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