Elite attitudes to poverty

The attitudes of elites towards poverty affect which policies and programmes they are willing to support and implement. Understanding these context-specific attitudes is therefore important in assessing programmes’ feasibility and potential sustainability, and in communicating or ‘framing’ initiatives in ways that increase buy-in.

This project uses semi-structured interviews, surveys, non-participant observation and document analysis to examine attitudes towards poverty among Malawi’s elite and India’s middle class.

The Malawi study, by Dr Chipiliro Kalebe-Nyamongo and Dr Heather Marquette, involves interviews with individuals who influence the implementation of pro-poor policy. It includes consideration of attitudes towards cash transfers, to offer insight into the kinds of social assistance programmes likely to be sustainable beyond donor funding for Malawi’s pilot cash transfer scheme.

Lack of concern for the poor among India’s middle-class is seen as a major obstacle to reducing poverty. The India study, by Dr Niheer Dasandi, examines the attitudes towards poverty of the middle class in Gujarat’s three largest cities. It considers how pro-poor policies might be designed and framed to overcome opposition.

 

ResearchersChipiliro Kalebe-Nyamongo, Heather Marquette, and Niheer Dasandi

 

 

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