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Multiple shocks and downward mobility: learning from life histories of rural Ugandans

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Written by Kate Bird

This paper presents findings from research in rural Uganda based on household survey and village level participatory work with in-depth life history interviews. This allowed the exploration of trajectories into and out of poverty and found that the loss of assets and composite shocks have propelled a number of previously non-poor households into severe and long-term poverty. In addition, findings illustrated that those born into chronically poor households found few opportunities for accumulation and escape.

Kate Bird and Isaac Shinyekwa