Equitable transport is absent from the post 2015 development agenda

That transport was absent from the MDGs is, in my view, one of the reasons it fell off the development radar. Transport is again absent from the 17 [draft] sustainable development goals [and targets] which will replace the MDGs. We have tried lobbying for a stand alone transport SDG and/or explicit targets but have so far failed. This is partly because the transport community has no voice in the UN . . .

On the other gender equality gets relatively good treatment. Thanks to UN Women and UNDP and of course gender activism, there is a stand alone gender equality goal. Gender is also mainstreamed across various relevant targets.

Proposed SDG 5 is: ‘Attain gender equality, empower women and girls everywhere’

But as can be seen from the proposed 11 targets below, despite women’s transport burden, there is no explicit target to address this.

Where does that leave gender equitable transport? And it is not too late to pitch for one…any takers?


1. End all forms of discrimination against women and girls

2. Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in public and private spaces

3. Eliminate all harmful practices, including child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilations

4. Ensure equal access to quality education and eliminate gender disparities at all levels of education and training

5. Ensure women’s equal access to full and productive employment and decent work, and equal pay for work of equal value

6. Reduce and redistribute unpaid care and domestic work through shared responsibility

7. Ensure women’s equal access to, control and ownership of assets and natural and other productive resources, as well as non-discriminatory access to essential services and infrastructure, including financial services and ICT

8. Ensure full, equal and effective participation and leadership of women at all levels of decision-making in the public and private spheres

9. Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights in accordance with the Programme of Action of the ICPD

10. Promote the availability of gender disaggregated data to improve gender equality policies, including gender responsive budgeting

11. Fully engage men and boys in efforts to promote and achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls


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About the author:

Nite Tanzarn is an agricultural economist with specialist experience of economic and social aspects of the transport sector. She has worked widely with government, non government, bilateral and multilateral agencies in Africa in general and Uganda, in particular. Key competencies include strategic planning; programme/project design, appraisal and evaluation; governance and organisational/institutional development; and gender analysis, gender responsive budgeting and gender training. Her work involves research activities which deal with different dimensions of transport and development. Her on-going research at Makerere University-Uganda permits her to pursue issues which she cares deeply about [such as fair transport] with the state-of-the-art knowledge. Her professional and personal interests include promoting equity in general, and gender justice in particular. She thinks a lot about the future of her three small children

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Eric Britton
9, rue Gabillot, 69003 Lyon France

Bio: Educated as an international development economist, Eric Britton is an American political scientist, teacher and sustainability activist who has worked on missions and advisory assignments on all continents. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris), he is also MD of EcoPlan Association, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change, civil society and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets: The Politics of Transport in Cities | See Britton online at https://goo.gl/9CJXTh and @ericbritton

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