Paper examining how non-elites (the poor or those working closely with them) can influence policies on poverty and social exclusion.
Participatory impact assessment : a report on a DFID funded ActionAid research project on methods and indicators for measuring the impact of poverty reduction.
Review of the background, methodology and key findings of an applied three year research project designed to find more reliable participatory impact approaches and locally relevant indicators of change. Different methods for the assessment of impact were tried out with a wide range of communities and local organisations that ActionAid had previous direct contact with. Major findings of the research include the need for field workers to be more selective in their use of participatory techniques, the importance of tracking long term changes in peoples' key indicators and the need for NGO's to support an 'impact assessment culture' in all that they do and the systems that they follow.
Analysing the deforestation narrative in the Businda Participatory Poverty Assessment Report : how was it constructed?
This paper analyses the environmental assessment of the Businda Sub-village, as part of the Shinyanga Region, Tanzania Participatory Poverty Assessment. The author argues that the perceptions of the researchers involved in the research came to prevail over those of the community and examines the reasons for this.
This report presents the results of a one year study of poverty in Shinyanga based on eight sectoral studies and also participatory poverty assessments which were carried out in eight villages.
Guidance notes on increasing the participation of the poor in the assessment of the impact of development interventions.
These notes examine the justificaion for the involvement of primary stakeholders in impact assessment and how efforts to do so can be assessed and finally how this can be done.
This paper describes a method for measuring poverty which combines features of wealth or well-being ranking with a survey.
A need exists for food security indicators, for use in targeting food security programs, to be both simple to derive and use. This document reports on research to develop such alternative indicators which combined both quantitative and qualitative approaches for identifying indicators of poverty, food insecurity and undernutrition. Participatory rural appraisal techniques and ethnographic case studies were used to identify locally determined indicators of food insecurity.
Poverty and well being : rural community views and policy implications for socio-economic and natural resource development.
Based on research in poor village communities in West Bengal using participatory mapping and wealth grouping exercises, this paper analyses rural people's perceptions of poverty and suggests policy measures based on them.