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    Incorporating a Cultural Perspective in Poverty Reduction

    Badgerow, Sarah (2014) Incorporating a Cultural Perspective in Poverty Reduction. Research and Perspectives on Development Practice, 16. ISSN 2009-6976

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    The field of development has, to date, exhibited a purposeful disregard of the unique customs and practices of the communities participating in poverty reduction. Fortunately, though, there is a growing appreciation that culture and development are interdependent processes. This research undertook an exploration of the locally specific conceptualization of poverty and the poverty reduction aspirations of a community of Maasai in Kenya. Participants included Maasai individuals engaged in an intervention - namely, a school – with Good Water, a grassroots NGO, as well as representatives of that organization and unaffiliated Maasai. The findings of this research have affirmed the importance of incorporating a cultural perspective into development. I have concluded that, in order to achieve this, intensive participation of community members is essential throughout an intervention. Community members must have the opportunity to articulate their own conceptualization of poverty and from there formulate a desirable path to achieving their unique aspirations.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Research and Perspectives on Development Practice Series Paper No. 16
    Keywords: Maasai; Marginalization; Development and Culture; Poverty Reduction; Kimmage Development Studies Centre;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > International Development
    Item ID: 9945
    Depositing User: IR Editor
    Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2018 14:01
    Journal or Publication Title: Research and Perspectives on Development Practice
    Publisher: Kimmage Development Studies Centre
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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