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Escaping poverty and becoming poor in 36 villages of Central and Western Uganda

  • Anirudh Krishna
  • Daniel Lumonya
  • Milissa Markiewicz
  • Firminus Mugumya
  • Agatha Kafuko
  • Jonah Wegoye
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    Twenty-four per cent of households in 36 village communities of Central and Western Uganda have escaped from poverty over the past 25 years, but another 15 per cent have simultaneously fallen into poverty. A roughly equal number of households escaped from poverty in the first period (ten to 25 years ago) as in the second period (the last ten years) examined here. However, almost twice as many households fell into poverty during the second period as in the first period. Progress in poverty reduction has slowed down as a result. Multiple causes are associated with descent into poverty and these causes vary significantly between villages in the two different regions. For nearly two-thirds of all households in both regions, however, ill health and health-related costs were a principal reason for descent into poverty. Escaping poverty is also associated with diverse causes, which vary across the two regions. Compared to increases in urban employment, however, land-related reasons have been more important for escaping poverty in both regions.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Journal of Development Studies.

    Volume (Year): 42 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 346-370

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:jdevst:v:42:y:2006:i:2:p:346-370
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