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Department of Anthropology

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Publication details for Professor Gina Porter

Porter, Gina , Blaufuss, Kathrin & Owusu Acheampong, Frank (2007). Youth, mobility and rural livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa: perspectives from Ghana and Nigeria. Africa Insight 37(3): 420-431.

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The linkages between youth daily mobility and livelihood patterns and potential have been little explored. Drawing on field studies in Ghana and Nigeria, this paper examines youth transport and mobility issues from a livelihoods perspective. Mobility affects livelihoods directly, in terms of access to jobs, and indirectly in terms of accessing the good education, healthcare and strong social networks on which future job opportunities may depend. The factors which help determine youth access to transport and mobility are considered and the role of transport itself as a livelihood strategy (girls as porters, boys as transport operators) is examined.