RURALITY AND RURAL POVERTY; WHAT IT MEANS TO BE POOR. New Realities and New Choices For Tomorrow: A case study of two villages in Rwanda’s Northern Province

Submitted by : Peter Mbabazi Mbabazize
University: Nkumba University
E-mail : [email protected]
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Year of award : 2014
Awards : Doctorate of Philosophy in Development Economics
Summary of Thesis

This thesis focused on the nature and extent of persistent rural poverty in rural areas, and in particular to the ways in which rural residences may affect ones poverty status in Rwanda. The central theme of this study was to fully describe what rural poverty is, how rurality leads to extreme poverty and what it actually means to be poor especially when it comes to the eyes of the beholder; the poorest of the poor in the rural areas. It is these poorest of the poor who were the subject / unit of analysis in this study. Two villages in Rwanda’s Northern Province were selected as a case study. The study was mostly qualitative and much focus was put on a down to earth naturalistic inquiry ab...

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THESIS CHAPTER SCHEME
CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER TWO : LITERATURE REVIEW

CHAPTER THREE: RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

CHAPTER FOUR : DESCRIPTION AND PHILOSOPHICAL ASPECTS OF THE STUDY SUBJECT

CHAPTER FIVE: OVERVIEW ON THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE RESPONDENTS  125

CHAPTER SIX: PERCEPTION OF POVERTY BY THE RURAL POOR.. 129

CHAPTER SEVEN: CAUSES OF RURAL POVERTY.. 155

CHAPTER EIGHT: EFFECTS OF RURAL POVERTY.. 171

CHAPTER NINE: COPING STRATEGIES. 195

CHAPTER TEN: CONTRIBUTION TO KNOWLEDGE.. 227

CHAPTER ELEVEN: SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS. 267

REFERENCES  276

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