n Africa Insight - Youth, mobility and rural livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa : perspectives from Ghana and Nigeria : poverty, development and livelihoods

Volume 37, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


There has been little work done on the linkages between youth daily mobility and livelihood patterns and potential. Drawing on field studies conducted in Ghana and Nigeria, this article 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 education, health care and strong social networks on which future job opportunities may depend. The factors that 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.

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