One obvious means through which a re-identification of poverty may be
achieved is research. The case of Uganda is particularly interesting in
this regard as the development of the government's poverty reduction
strategy has attributed a prominent role to evidence about poverty
gathered from a variety of research activities, of which the two most
important are the Uganda National Household Surveys (UNHS) and the
Ugandan Participatory Poverty Assessment Programme (UPPAP). This paper
reviews the ways the different research approaches have informed the
government's poverty reduction strategy, and considers how research on
poverty can be better designed to promote the cause of the poor in the
political climate of decentralised government.
Local identities of poverty: poverty narratives in decentralised government and the role of poverty research in Uganda [Draft], 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, 10 pp.