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Do Community Members Share Development Priorities? Results of a Ranking Exercise in East African Rangelands


  • John Mcpeak
  • Cheryl Doss
  • Christopher Barrett
  • Patti Kristjanson


This study investigates development priorities of individuals living in 11 communities in the arid and semi-arid rangelands of northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia. We first asked individuals to describe development efforts that have been implemented in their community. People were then asked to rank the usefulness of these different interventions. Finally, we asked them to rank their priorities for future development activities in their community. Econometric analysis of their responses indicates that variation in rankings of future priorities is primarily driven by variation across communities rather than across households within communities, lending support to community-based approaches to priority setting.

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  • John Mcpeak & Cheryl Doss & Christopher Barrett & Patti Kristjanson, 2009. "Do Community Members Share Development Priorities? Results of a Ranking Exercise in East African Rangelands," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 45(10), pages 1663-1683.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jdevst:v:45:y:2009:i:10:p:1663-1683
    DOI: 10.1080/00220380902890219

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    1. Barbara Pozzoni & Nalini Kumar, 2005. "A Review of the Literature on Participatory Approaches to Local Development for an Evaluation of the Effectiveness of World Bank Support for Community-Based and Driven Development Approaches," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 20203, August.
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    1. Caroline Karwitha Kanyuuru & John Mburu & Jesse Njoka, 2017. "Adaptation of institutional arrangements to management of Northern Rangelands of Kenya," Environment, Development and Sustainability: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development, Springer, vol. 19(1), pages 67-82, February.
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    3. Lentz, Erin & Ouma, Robert & Mude, Andrew, 2016. "Does peer monitoring influence choices between cash and food? Findings from a field experiment," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 65(C), pages 21-31.

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