Witter, Sophie

Children's perceptions of poverty, participation, and local governance in Uganda

Children under the age of 18 years represent 62 percent of the poor in Uganda. To date, their perspective has not been incorporated in the many poverty analyses that have been conducted. The survey reported in this paper asked children between the ages of 10 and 14 years about their perceptions of poverty, and also about the effectiveness of local government in addressing issues of concern to them. The research was conducted in three clusters: qualitative assessment of childrenÆs perceptions, using child-focussed participative methods (e.g.