Kanbur, Ravi

Q-squared: combining qualitative and quantitative methods in poverty appraisal

Whilst the use of quantitative approaches in poverty analysis has been dominant in the past decade, the use of qualitative approaches has been increasing, with many multilateral and bilateral agencies now routinely commissioning studies in this tradition. There have been increasing attempts at integrating the two approaches but these have generally been neither systematic nor successful. Despite the obvious complementarities between the two it seems practitioners are not working together as much as they could to develop sound poverty reduction strategies.