The survey with the poor in Argentina was carried out in 8 sites, 3 rural and 5 urban. The purpose of the study is to find out the poor's perception and opinion about poverty, to add contents to the World Development Report 2000/1, to provide help for policies and social projects and to plan strategies to reduce poverty for national and international, state or private organisations. The method was qualitative, involving discussion groups and individual interviews.
This study is part of a global research effort entitled Consultations with the Poor, designed to inform the World Development Report 2000/1 on Poverty and Development. The research has used participatory methods to involve and give a voice to poor people in twenty-three countries around the world. This report is from Argentina, from sites selected to give a rural/urban balance. The study focuses on four main topics, each with a set of key themes, as follows: Exploring well-being À How do people define their quality of life, their ill-being or well-being? How have these changed over time?