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.
McPeak, John G.; Doss, Cheryl R.; Barrett, Christopher B.; and Kristjanson, Patti, "Perspectives on Development in Arid and Semi-Arid East Africa: Results of a Ranking Exercise" (2008). Economics Faculty Scholarship. 76.
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