Voices of the poor

Voices of the poor

Poor people's view of the good life

Also known as Consultations With The Poor, the report looks at poor people's definition of what comprises a good life, and the role of poverty. Based on interviews conducted using participative methods.

The Consultations study consists of three parts

  • Can Anyone Hear Us?, a review of more than 75 participatory poverty studies in the mid to late 1990's covering 40,000 poor people in 41 countries around the world
  • Crying Out for Change, a series of new studies undertaken in 1999 in 23 countries engaging 20,000 poor men and women.
  • From Many Lands, offers regional patterns and country case studies

The studies were carried out in partnership with research institutes and NGOs from the 23 participating countries.

The research approach features open ended, participatory methods which enable poor people to define, describe, and analyze their views and experiences (see Methodology Guide for further information on the sampling framework, fieldwork process and methods used for the new studies). Poor men and women participated in small group discussions and individual interviews, sharing their perceptions on four topics:

  • perceptions of a good life and a bad life
  • their most pressing problems and priorities
  • the quality of their interactions with key public, market and civil society institutions in their lives
  • changes in gender and social relations.

Country studies include: Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kyrgyz Republic, Malawi, Nigeria, Russia, Somaliland, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia.

WWW site includes the full text of studies and country reports, synthesis at the global level, methodology and manuals for participative interviewing techniques.

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