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Methods used:
PRSP feedback workshops should be carefully planned in order to ensure consistence of the responses. Facilitators should counter-check the responses before sending them to Hakikazi Catalyst.
In addition to the various data collection methods already used, the following methods are also recommended for collecting more data on the PRSP:-

  • Key informant interviews
  • Focus group interviews
  • Direct observation
  • Community interviews
  • Informal surveys


Better popularisation:
The simple language version of the PRSP (May, 2001) needs to be simplified further so that ordinary people in the poor communities can adequately understand the issues. This includes the cartoons whose message can sometimes lead to different interpretations.

The "Ten tough questions to provoke hard thinking" at the back of the PRSP booklet should be simplified so as to enable people from poor communities to understand.

General conclusion:
Poverty is a very complex phenomenon, which is caused by a multitude of factors - social, technological, economic, environmental, political, spiritual (STEEPS) etc. - acting in various combinations. Based on an appreciation of this complexity, more intensified research on poverty in Tanzania is needed to test the effectiveness of the PRSP and other poverty eradication  initiatives.

The research should include testing the following hypothesis: "In 1995, about one third of the population was very poor. The situation is possibly worse today". (Tanzania without Poverty booklet; p.3; Interpretation of the PRSP by Hakikazi Catalyst; May, 2001). NB.: Zuhura Mkapali of Masasi (PFMs-28), in her answer to Question 4, suggests that PRSP should be abandoned since "Poverty among many Tanzanians is always growing".

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