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'Technical, Objective, Equitable, and Uniform'? A Critique of the Colombian System for the Selection of Beneficiaries of Social Programmes, Sisben


  • McGee, Rosemary


Targeted poverty reduction programmes, advocated in contemporary poverty orthodoxy, heighten the importance of poverty information. Two divergent tendencies are discernible: tightened-up targeting through narrowed eligibility criteria; and a new epistemology of poverty based on qualitative and participatory methods. Statistical and qualitative analysis of findings from research in rural Colombia shows that the former approach is less "technical, objective, equitable and uniform" than it purports to be; and that the latter is more valid than is often appreciated. A good compromise is to combine the two and apply them in a spirit of "self-critical epistemological awareness" (Chambers 1997).

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  • McGee, Rosemary, 1999. "'Technical, Objective, Equitable, and Uniform'? A Critique of the Colombian System for the Selection of Beneficiaries of Social Programmes, Sisben," General Discussion Papers 30570, University of Manchester, Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:idpmgd:30570
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.30570

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    1. Bejoy Thomas & Roldan Muradian & Gerard De Groot & Arie De Ruijter, 2009. "Multidimensional Poverty and Identification of Poor Households: A Case from Kerala, India," Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 10(2), pages 237-257.

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