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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 6 Finding a voice through analysis of the everyday experience of poverty


Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 6 Finding a voice through analysis of the everyday experience of poverty Maria Chase, Joan Price and Sam Swaby, with Su Braden Introduction · the inhabitants of Devonport, Plymouth in the UK. In 1998 Oxfam UKI1 undertook a strategic The findings of the Global Voices review of their work in 15 countries, contributions from all three countries revealed consulting partners, supporters, their own staff and the poor themselves. The questions being some surprising similarities in their considerations of Oxfam's three questions. For asked were: example, in each group the question of land · and their sense of identity in relation to `their How is poverty changing? patch' was analysed, but in each case a sense · What is your perception of what Oxfam is of growing insecurity about their right of doing about poverty? access to `their patch' was expressed. Each · What should Oxfam be doing in the group also spoke of a strong desire to do future? things for themselves, despite facing increasing constraints; and all the groups Various methods were used: stakeholder expressed a sense of `poverty of voice', a survey in 15 countries, peer review and frustration at not being ...

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