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Are we targeting the poor? Lessons from Malawi (PLA Notes 47)

Sarah Levy

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Poverty is often measured in terms of simple monetary values, with below $1/day often cited as the critical value. But is this too simplistic? In this paper the author assesses more qualitative methods of measuring poverty, using a case study in Malawi as an example, where food security and community mapping schemes were also used as factors to measure poverty.

Participatory Learning and Action is the world’s leading informal journal on participatory approaches. Guest editors provide up-to-the minute accounts of participatory approaches in specific fields. Since 1987, PLA has provided a forum for participatory practitioners – community workers, activists and researchers – to share experiences, reflections and methodological innovations with others, providing a genuine ‘voice from the field’.

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  • IIED code: G02048
  • Published: Aug 2003 - IIED
  • Area: Malawi
  • Theme: Participation
  • Source pub: Participatory Learning and Action 47
  • Language: English

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