Mainstreaming gender issues into the rural transport sector: Seven research programmes underway in Asia and Africa


Gatnet: Collaborative problem-solving for a world-wide action agenda

Following a  discussion on GATNET  that took place during November-December 2015 — refernce — around why gender has not been mainstreamed into the rural transport sector and why addressing gender issues in rural transport has not been transformative, changing the unequal relations between women and  men, UK AID has commissioned seven research programmes in Asia and Africa to explore these issues  further. The  countries in which the research is taking place are Nepal (in South Asia), Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone,Liberia, Uganda and Ghana (in Africa). (See or join GATNET (below) for further updates).

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News from Transaid: Inspiring women to take charge of their own health and increasingly their own transport

Update from Caroline Barber, Head of Programmes, Transaid

africa woman on bicycleThe organisation I work for (Transaid) were involved in an initiative to train female drivers and transport officers from a cooperative in Accra so that they could manage the transport of agricultural products to market themselves. This was back in 2007/2008. The programme had some success but there were a number of challenges, for example perceived issues of security for women drivers on long distance vehicles, the carrying capacity of the vehicles (which were sourced as a donation) were also probably too small to really drive down the transport costs enough. In time some of the coops decided to turn the vehicles into tro tros (mini bus taxis and hire men to drive them).

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“Gender Mainstreaming in Rural Transport – Call for research concepts

Centrral African repulic women buidling road
The Research for Community Access Partnership would like to inform you of the following opportunity:

Call for Research concepts in “Gender Mainstreaming in Rural Transport”

Following on from the Gender Mainstreaming discussion facilitated on GATNET during November-December 2015, The Research for Community Access Partnership (ReCAP) is pleased to publish a call for research concepts from researchers and practitioners to further explore aspects that will contribute to the key research areas.
ReCAP is interested in supporting an understanding of Gender Mainstreaming among those within the ReCAP community and beyond who are able to influence policy and practice in Africa and Asia (particularly in ReCAP partner countries). Individuals or organisations in Africa and Asia can submit research concepts, independently or in collaboration with other individuals or organisations in Africa, Asia or the rest of the world.
ReCAP envisages commissioning a ‘cluster’ of several proposals, each less than GBP 50,000. However, one or more larger collaborative projects could be considered.
Interested organisations or individuals can request the full document by sending an e-mail to with copy to, stating the project reference No.GEN2044B on the e-mail subject.
All submissions must be received by no later than 22nd February 2016, 17:00 UK time.
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Africa: Reporting Climate Change With a Gender Lens

Africa Zalingei, West Darfur - women carrying wood

From a journalism perspective there is a tendency of becoming overly technical when addressing climate changes.

A useful way of reporting on this topic is to find cases in which the effects of climate change are being directly experienced and to tell the stories of the people affected. It is important to recognise that women experience the impacts of global climate change in a different manner from men.

UN Women describes women’s vulnerability to climate change as follows: “In many of these contexts, women are more vulnerable to the effects of climate change than men – primarily as they constitute the majority of the world’s poor and are more dependent for their livelihood on natural resources that are threatened by climate change.

Furthermore, they face social, economic and political barriers that limit their coping capacity. Women and men in rural areas in developing countries are especially vulnerable when they are highly dependent on local natural resources for their livelihood.

Those charged with the responsibility to secure water, food and fuel for cooking and heating face the greatest challenges. Secondly, when coupled with unequal access to resources and to decision-making processes, limited mobility places women in rural areas in a position where they are disproportionately affected by climate change.”


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International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)

The IFJ and the World Association of Christian Communications published in 2012 a learning toolkit on gender ethical journalism. A whole chapter is dedicated to reporting climate change with a gender lens.

It documents specific issues journalists should bear in mind when covering climate change and provides a series of tips and  guidelines to fair gender portrayal in covering this topic.

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Post opening: Country Director – Girl Hub Ethiopia

girl effect africaGirl Hub seeks an outstanding individual to lead Girl Hub Ethiopia, one of three country offices under the public-private collaboration between DFID and the Nike Foundation. Girl Hub is a team of DFID Ethiopia, DFID’s largest country programme, engaging with the Government of Ethiopia to help shape policy, and deliver a large existing portfolio of programmes. Girl Hub Ethiopia it is also a member of the Nike Foundation/Girl Hub family and the Country Director works closely with both parent organisations, as well as the other Girl Hubs across the African continent.

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Bike sharing project at Makerere University Kampala, Uganda

WORLD STREETS 3.0 : The Politics of Transport in Cities

World Streets and the New Mobility Agenda are strong and consistent supporters of bike sharing projects created in university settings, particularly uganda makerere universitywhen planned and implemented on the basis of collaboration with students and faculty. We have reported on the excellent bike sharing project at Taiwan National University, and today we are pleased to share with you information just in from the Bike Sharing Project at Makerere University in Kampala Uganda. Projects like this not only improve mobility and environment for all within the target area, but also serve to prepare future leaders.

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