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Local Perspectives on poverty and development

Abstract: 

Participation is though central for sustainable development and poverty reduction, it is the most abused, misused and rhetorically spoken development concept however, in the recent times, it is widely promoted not only as a means for poverty reduction and sustainable development but is largely recognized as and end on its own right following the recent shifts in development thinking the spectrum of community participation is broadened beyond the conventional objective of information extraction and project efficiency to empowering the poor and marginalized, through participation people will control over matters that affect their lives

This paper is based on field studies and experiences to demonstrate the centrality of participation to empower local people participatory poverty assessment carried out in five districts of SNNPRS was the main source of information for this paper the assessment made using various participatory tools and techniques involved 42 focused groups organized on basis of sex age, agro-climatic zone, urban-rural setting and socially and culturally excluded social groups (or minority)

The assessment revealed that poverty is multidimensional and specific people defined, measured and analyzed poverty as they lived in for decades. They also analyzed and measured progresses in poverty reduction and development in their local context. The focused group generated its own indictors and evaluated the performance of local governance and gender situations. Apart from its community empowerment goal, the assessment indicated the methodological soundness of participatory approach for research. The paper concludes that communities perspective on their situation is not only multidimensional and comprehensive but also legitimate that the policy makers and development actors should take into their accounts in addition, the paper suggest that institutionalized forms of public participation in the mainstreams of public institutions, NGOS, research and academic institutions is important to create empowered and informed citizens

Corporate Author: 
Alemayehu Seyoum ... [et al.] (editor)
Publisher: 
Ethiopian Economic Association (EEA)
Primary Descriptors: 

Poverty reduction

Cataloge Date: 
02/27/2013
Broad Subject heading: 
Poverty Issues
Call Number: 
330.963 PRO 2005
Serial Key Title: 
Proceedings of the Second International Conference on the Ethiopian Economy
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Content type: 
Volume: 
III
Publication date: 
2013-05-27 23:05:00
Forum or Discussion date: 
2013-02-27 15:02:00
Place of publication: 
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Type of material: 
Book
Current frequency: 
Annualy