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‘Poverty in Rural Uganda: Harsh Realities & Constrained Choices’ in Ellis and Freeman ‘Rural Livelihoods and Poverty Reduction Policies.’

Book/book chapter

Written by Kate Bird

This chapter presents findings froom research on chronic poverty in rural Uganda. The analysis builds on the qualitative and quantitive livelihoods research undertaken in three districts in Uganda by the LADDER project. It explores multi-dimensional chronic poverty through focus group discussions and in-depth life history interviews with the heads of twenty-eight households in three of the LADDER villiages: Buwapuwa in Mbale district; Kiribairya in Kamuli district; and Kalangaalo in Mubende district.

The findings provide a starting point for understanding the trajectories into and out of poverty that individuals and households follow, and identify some possible entry points for constructive policy change.

Kate Bird and Isaac Shinyekwa