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Mobility, education and livelihood trajectories for young people in rural Ghana: a gender perspective

ByGina Porter, Kate Hampshire, Albert Abane, Augustine Tanle, Kobina Esia-Donkoh, Regina Obilie Amoako-Sakyi, Samuel Agblorti, Samuel Asiedu Owusu

This paper focuses on the implications of Africa’s transport gap (the absence of cheap, regular

and reliable transport, especially in rural areas) for young people. The term ‘transport gap’ is

used to draw attention to two important dimensions of the transport deficiency widely evident

across rural Africa: firstly, impact on personal travel and secondly impact on the transport of

goods, which must be head-loaded where transport is unavailable or expensive, with significant

implications for household labour patterns (Porter 2002, 2007, 2011). We pursue these two

themes with reference to rural Ghana, where both dimensions of the transport gap are strongly

in evidence and, we argue, can have profound influence on the course of young people’s –

especially girls’ – lives.