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.