Perspectives on Development in Arid and Semi-Arid East Africa: Results of a Ranking Exercise

43 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2008

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John G. McPeak

Syracuse University - Department of Economics

Cheryl R. Doss

University of Oxford - Department of International Development

Christopher B. Barrett

Cornell University - Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management

Patti Kristjanson

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: April 1, 2008

Abstract

This study investigates perspectives on development held by individuals living in arid and semi-arid areas of northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia. Overall, we find that interventions to meet basic human needs (access to water, health care and education) are the most highly desired. Projects supporting pastoral livelihoods (livestock health and marketing-oriented, restocking and conflict resolution) are second most important, followed by those that support alternatives to pastoralism (cropping, other income generating activities). Econometric analysis indicates that variation in rankings is mostly driven by variation across communities rather than across households within communities, lending support to community-based approaches to priority setting.

Suggested Citation

McPeak, John G. and Doss, Cheryl R. and Barrett, Christopher B. and Kristjanson, Patti, Perspectives on Development in Arid and Semi-Arid East Africa: Results of a Ranking Exercise (April 1, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1141872 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1141872

John G. McPeak (Contact Author)

Syracuse University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Cheryl R. Doss

University of Oxford - Department of International Development ( email )

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Christopher B. Barrett

Cornell University - Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management ( email )

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Patti Kristjanson

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