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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 4 The `Beans-Game': experiences with a variation of wealth ranking in the Kivu Region, Eastern Zaire.

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 4 The `Beans-Game': experiences with a variation of wealth ranking in the Kivu Region, Eastern Zaire. Stephanie S Schaefer Background "These beans represent all the members in your community, which have assembled at the This variation of a wealth ranking exercise chief's house. The chief says: `I know that the was used in the context of a mid-term field people in our village are not all the same, survey. It involved socio-economic analysis some are richer and some are poorer than and differentiation of the target population of a others. I would like to know how many groups rural development project in Zaire and was of the same level of well-being there are, so funded by GTZ (German Governmental please divide yourselves into groups of similar Agency of Technical Cooperation). The wealth'". survey was carried out by a multidisciplinary team of postgraduate students from the Centre We avoided giving examples of possible ways for Advanced Training in Agricultural to group the beans. The group was then asked Development (CATAD), Technical University to divide the beans into smaller heaps. When of Berlin, Germany. this was done, each heap was identified as a group of villagers ...

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