This working paper sets out an overview and background to the research, and is an edited version of the Inception Report to the funding body presented at the start of the research process in October 2000. The purpose of releasing it in the current format is to provide the reader with information about the entry points of the research, as well as early ideas about the components and methodology of the research approach. Of course, some of these ideas were modified or adapted in practice and the factors that became interesting to pursue in detail changed as the research gained momentum. An account of the generic fieldwork methodology applied in all four countries is provided as Working Paper No.2 of this series.
This paper contains an updated list of the districts and villages in which field research was conducted (Annex Table 1), the collaborating institutions and individuals in each country with which the project is working (Annex Table 2), a list of UK researchers and their contact details (Annex Table 3) and a list of intended working papers (Annex Table 4).
Ellis, F. Rural Livelihoods, Diversity and Poverty Reduction Policies:Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi and Kenya. (2001) 18 pp. [LADDER Working Paper No. 1]