Home-Grown and Grassroots-Based Strategies for Determining Inequality Towards Policy Action: Rwanda’s Ubudehe Approach in Perspective

Abstract

Survey-based tools for determining inequality in Africa south of the Sahara have been critiqued for being too expensive, and oftentimes unsuitable to the realities of the region. The need for a reliable alternative for determining wealth distribution, from which data can be generated for policy action, has been a challenge. Rwanda, however, using the Ubudehe community-based practice has been able to determine household inequality across the nation. Data generated through Ubudehe has been used in policy-making, including in the key health and education sectors. Using both primary and secondary methods, the study explores the successes, challenges, and opportunities of Ubudehe-generated inequality data in policy formulation and implementation.

Citation

Ezeanya, C. Home-Grown and Grassroots-Based Strategies for Determining Inequality Towards Policy Action: Rwanda’s Ubudehe Approach in Perspective. UNU-WIDER, Helsinki, Finland (2015) 19 pp. [WIDER Working Paper No. 2015/008]

Home-Grown and Grassroots-Based Strategies for Determining Inequality Towards Policy Action: Rwanda’s Ubudehe Approach in Perspective

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