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Subjective assessments, participatory methods and poverty dynamics: the Stages of Progress Method

Anirudh Krishna


The Stages-of-Progress methodology helps examine households' movements out of poverty and into poverty. More important, it helps uncover the reasons responsible for these movements, thereby feeding directly into policy formulation. The steps are presented in this methodology, and some results from applications carried out with colleagues in 236 diverse communities of India, Kenya, Uganda, Peru and North Carolina, USA are briefly discussed, examining the pathways traversed by a total of more than 25,000 households. Following a discussion on how reliably this recall-based, participatory and community-driven methodology works in practice, the strengths and weaknesses of the method are examined in conclusion.

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Conference Paper

Conference: Concepts and Methods for Analysing Poverty Dynamics and Chronic Poverty


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