Politics, development and the instrumentalisation of (de)centralisation in Sierra Leone

Politics, development and the instrumentalisation of (de)centralisation in Sierra Leone

Author: 
Conteh, Felix Marco
Place: 
Oxon
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis Group
Date published: 
2017
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Journal Title: 
Review of African Political Economy
Source: 
Review of African Political Economy, Volume 44 - Number 151 - June 2016, pp. 30-46
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Recent statistics indicate that poverty in Rwanda decreased impressively between 2006 and 2014. This seems to confirm Rwanda's developmental progress. This article however argues for a more cautious interpretation of household survey data. The authors contrast macro-level statistical analysis with in-depth field research on livelihood conditions. Macro-economic numbers provide interesting information, however differentiated evidence is required to understand how poverty 'works' in everyday life. On the basis of the Rwandan case study, the authors conclude that because of the high political stakes of data collection and analysis, and given that relations of power influence the production of knowledge on poverty, cross-checking is crucial.

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CITATION: Conteh, Felix Marco. Politics, development and the instrumentalisation of (de)centralisation in Sierra Leone . Oxon : Taylor & Francis Group , 2017. Review of African Political Economy, Volume 44 - Number 151 - June 2016, pp. 30-46 - Available at: http://library.au.int/politics-development-and-instrumentalisation-decentralisation-sierra-leone