Tacitus Ltd has undertaken research into gender mainstreaming in the rural transport sector institutions in Kenya. The research was conducted in Nairobi and three counties: Murang’a, Machakos and Homa Bay. The research investigated evidence of gender mainstreaming efforts transforming the institutions that deliver and support rural transport infrastructure and services in Kenya. A mixed methods design resulted in the collection of qualitative and quantitative data, including analysis of staffing, decision making and procurement among a sample of rural transport institutions.
Results show that rural transport institutions are making efforts to adhere to the constitutional gender mainstreaming requirements. However, the two-thirds policy in staffing has not been achieved in most of the surveyed transport institutions, and the proportion of women occupying top decision-making positions is extremely low. The study has shown that the meaning and purpose of gender mainstreaming is not sufficiently understood by many transport sector institutions. Also, gender disaggregated data is neither readily available nor applied to rural transport programming and implementation. A change of strategy and long term progressive efforts for full compliance is required, and this report concludes with recommendations for a way forward.
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)
Orwa, S., Ombai, M., Nyangueso, S., Sheba, S. (2017). Gender Mainstreaming in Rural Transport Sector Institutions in Kenya - Final Report. London: ReCAP for DFID.
Published 11 October 2017