Enhancing rural road policy: The case for the incorporation of the capabilities approach into rural road appraisal in Africa

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dc.contributor.author Porter, Stephen
dc.date.accessioned 2013-10-11T13:23:27Z
dc.date.available 2013-10-11T13:23:27Z
dc.date.issued 2005-05
dc.identifier.isbn 1-77011-047-X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11090/666
dc.description.abstract Infrastructure provisions, especially rural roads, have been highlighted in a number of recent studies and reports as an enabling factor for Africa to achieve ‘development’. This paper reviews the current limits of rural road knowledge and appraisal procedures raising critical issues about what is actually known about the impact of rural roads and the extent to which current appraisal methods are able to fully contribute to this debate. An expanded methodology incorporating the capability approach is advocated to help overcome these issues. It is argued here that incorporation of the capability approach may help overcome certain frustrations in our ability to understand the manner in which rural roads impact upon the lives of people. The suggestion is made that the capability approach offers a different angle of analysis that could further contribute to critical questions surrounding the provision of roads, enhancing appraisal and helping to avoid the creation of further infrastructural ‘white elephants’ that have plagued Africa. Provision of rural roads is after all quite expensive and without a valid appraisal mechanism, money spent on some rural roads may more constructively be utilised elsewhere either on other roads, or on other sectors. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher CSSR and SALDRU en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries CSSR/SALDRU Working Papers;115
dc.subject Rural en_US
dc.subject Roads en_US
dc.subject Africa en_US
dc.subject Capabilities approach en_US
dc.subject Development en_US
dc.title Enhancing rural road policy: The case for the incorporation of the capabilities approach into rural road appraisal in Africa en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US


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