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Type Journal Article - World Development
Title Hearing the voices of the poor: Assigning poverty lines on the basis of local perceptions of poverty. A quantitative analysis of qualitative data from participatory wealth ranking in rural South Africa
Volume 35
Issue 2
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2007
Page numbers 212-229
We applied a mixed-methods approach to participatory wealth ranking (PWR) to identify the number of poor households in eight villages of rural South Africa and describe how poor they are. We generated a household wealth index on the basis of the ranking process and statements made on standard of living. Descriptions from PWR identified households as “very poor,” “poor, but a bit better off,” or “doing OK.” Of 9 671 households, 3 113 (32.2%) could be considered “very poor” or “poor.” The paper presents a novel approach to wealth ranking that generates a rich appraisal of poverty.

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