Do Community Members Share Development Priorities? Results of a Ranking Exercise in East African Rangelands

Journal of Development Studies, 2009

Posted: 23 May 2011

See all articles by John G. McPeak

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: November 1, 2009

Abstract

This study investigates development priorities of individuals living in 11 communities in the arid and semi-arid rangelands of northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia. We first asked individuals to describe development efforts that have been implemented in their community. People were then asked to rank the usefulness of these different interventions. Finally, we asked them to rank their priorities for future development activities in their community. Econometric analysis of their responses indicates that variation in rankings of future priorities is primarily 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, Do Community Members Share Development Priorities? Results of a Ranking Exercise in East African Rangelands (November 1, 2009). Journal of Development Studies, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1845854

John G. McPeak

Syracuse University - Department of Economics ( email )

Syracuse, NY 13244-1020
United States

Cheryl R. Doss

University of Oxford - Department of International Development ( email )

3 Mansfield Road
Oxford, OX1 3TB
United Kingdom

Christopher B. Barrett (Contact Author)

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

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Ithaca, NY 14853-7801
United States
607-255-4489 (Phone)
607-255-9984 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://aem.cornell.edu/faculty_sites/cbb2/

Patti Kristjanson

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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