The project examines gender mainstreaming in rural road construction and usage in Ethiopia’s Amhara and Tigray regions. This progress report marks the completion of a significant part of data collection during the reporting period January-March 2017. Provisional results were validated at two stakeholder workshops in Tigray and Amhara. They highlighted that women accord a higher value to feeder roads than men; that due to the scarcity of rural transport options, unsuitable three wheeler vehicles and buses service the feeder roads; and the spread of Intermediate Means of Transport (IMT) is limited by high running costs and poor road condition. Some key themes have emerged from the research, which will form a basis for the policy outputs.
Dissemination activities have been carried out throughout the project period through blogs, videos, and workshops; and will continue, culminating in a webinar towards the end of the research.
This project is funded by DFID under the Applied Research on Rural Roads and Transport Services through Community Access Programmes in Africa and Asia (AFCAP2 and AsCAP)
MetaMeta and Mekele University (2017). Gender Mainstreaming in Rural Road Construction and Usage in Ethiopia: Impact and Implications - Progress Report. London: ReCAP for DFID.