By Alexandre Marc, Nora Dudwick, Elizabeth Gomart, Kathleen Kuehnast
During the last decade, the area financial institution has developed its research and reporting on poverty to a multi-dimensional view such as problems with vulnerability, social isolation, and powerlessness. This broader build, which considers the suggestions of social exclusion and social capital, indicates the necessity for augmenting quantitative study with qualitative study. Qualitative examine presents a spotlight on figuring out human habit, perceptions and practices that may then be utilized to coverage development.
This file offers particular examples drawn from global financial institution paintings accomplished within the nations of the previous Soviet Union. every one of those examples illustrates the earnings that may be derived from combining using quantitative and qualitative learn tools.
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Many of these women had been associated with a collective farm, which had acted as a central clearinghouse for nearly all their social needs. Thus they lacked extensive social networks outside the collective farm for gleaning information about the emergent economic terrain. These women had been receiving not only their monthly salaries through the farm, but also in-kind assistance in the form of free food and fuel. Women who used to work at the collective farm indicated that privatization has meant that the few people hired were either relatives or friends of the new owner.
Commuting between city and countryside to maintain the family’s integrity was quite difficult. Women in this predicament described their awkward dependency on parents and the difficulty of separation from their husbands. Women were actively searching for work, significantly reducing their expenditure, and selling homemade products or household goods. Some were involved in ”speculation,” buying at one price and selling at a higher price at some other location. Some of the young students were engaged in prostitution.
The collective farm was still able to address local problems, such as fuel or food shortages. Poverty Shock: Women of the Kyrgyz Republic | 39 The unemployed rural women seemed the least informed about the economic changes under way in the country, and especially about the government services still available to them, including employment services and unemployment benefits. Many of these women had been associated with a collective farm, which had acted as a central clearinghouse for nearly all their social needs.