Fourteen HIV/AIDS households were interviewed in 1993 and again in 2000
or 2002 about the impact of HIV/AIDS on their households and
livelihoods. This was used to generated ideas about what maintains
people in chronic poverty, the contribution of HIV/AIDS, and the
possibilities of exit. The picture is apparently more fluid than
expected, due to dramatic but local economic growth for those able to
take advantage of this, and the positive impact of AIDS deaths on land
fragmentation. However, almost no progressing households were able to
invest in secondary education, which would be an indicator of more
sustained exit from poverty. The maintainance of poverty over a long
period of time for the majority of households has more to do with
household structure and intra-household relations, and the capabilities
and freedoms derived from these than with structural socio-economic
factors, which were relatively permissive. This suggests a new range of
policies designed to address some of these constraints.
Draft paper on HIV/AIDS, socio-economic mobility and chronic poverty: case study results from a small panel in Rakai, Uganda, presented at Staying Poor: Chronic Poverty and Development Policy, Institute for Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester, 7-9 April 2003. Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC), Manchester, UK,17 pp.
Draft paper on HIV/AIDS, socio-economic mobility and chronic poverty: case study results from a small panel in Rakai, Uganda.