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
Key informant interviews
Focus group interviews
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.
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".