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Reality checks give people a voice

Published: Monday, July 02, 2012

Changed: Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Reality checks are a method used to determine how people perceive their situation. The results provide a picture of how aid succeed in reaching out to the poorest. Now are ​​such studies being done in Mozambique.

In order to improve the ability of following development processes and interventions for poverty alleviation at grassroots level,  the Embassy in Maputo since 2011 perform so-called Reality Checks.

Families from three districts in the northwestern province of Niassa, whereto Sida has focused efforts for more than ten years, will be followed for five years.

The objectives of the study are to inform the public debate on poverty reduction - particularly at local level  - and contribute to a better understanding of qualitative methods for monitoring of poverty reduction efforts. The results will also provide Sweden with additional data on development processes with benefits for the operational aid work in Mozambique.

In Reality Check-work like this in Niassa,  mainly qualitative methods are applied  to complement existing, national quantitative data. An important component of the study is, therefore, people's own views on development, poverty and welfare. The work on Reality Checks in Mozambique is conducted by Orgut in collaboration with Christian Michelsen Institute in Norway and Austral COWI in Mozambique.

For further information on the studies, please contact at the Swedish embassy in Maputo.


 

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Further reading

A summary is to be found in the Brief 1st Reality Check in Mozambique, and progress from the first year's work is accounted for in the Annual Report 2011.
 
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