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Confusing Counts, Correlates And Causes Of Poverty: A Study Of The PRSP In Lesotho

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This chapter analyses the new Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) of Lesotho and considers whether it can be successful in terms of poverty alleviation. The answer to this question is likely to be negative, the main reason being that the PRSP approach precludes a focus on the heterogeneous nature of poverty and its determinants. To illustrate this, the characteristics of some of the very poorest households in Lesotho are discussed and the extent to which the PSRP is likely to assist them. Three things are confused in the PRSP: snapshots of the number in poverty; an identification of the characteristics of the poor; and an understanding of the causes of poverty. PRSP policies aim to create an enabling environment for labour-intensive investment, support agricultural growth and provide public services.

Keywords: labour-intensive investment; Lesotho; poverty alleviation; poverty reduction strategy paper (PRSP)



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