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Roads to Poverty Reduction? Exploring Rural Roads' Impact on Mobility in Africa and Asia


  • Deborah Fahy Bryceson
  • Annabel Bradbury
  • Trevor Bradbury


Within current poverty reduction programmes, focus on the social-welfare millennium development goals is widening to embrace a concern with infrastructural investment, particularly for remote areas. The previously popular assumption that rural disadvantage can be remedied by road-building is resurfacing. Using survey data from Ethiopia, Zambia and Vietnam, this article explores how effective such investment is in addressing mobility and social-service accessibility in rural areas. The findings indicate that, in extremely remote areas, road improvements may catalyse the expansion of social-service provision, as evidenced in Ethiopia. However, given the poor's relative lack of motor vehicles and ability to pay for public transport, they are, by no means, a sufficient condition for enhancing the mobility of the rural poor. Copyright (c) The Authors 2008. Journal compilation (c) 2008 Overseas Development Institute..

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  • Deborah Fahy Bryceson & Annabel Bradbury & Trevor Bradbury, 2008. "Roads to Poverty Reduction? Exploring Rural Roads' Impact on Mobility in Africa and Asia," Development Policy Review, Overseas Development Institute, vol. 26(4), pages 459-482, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:devpol:v:26:y:2008:i:4:p:459-482

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