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Appendix: A Note On Research Methodology And Techniques

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This research employs a predominantly qualitative methodology more appropriate for in-depth analysis and understanding of the complexity of state-society relations. In addition to spending time in the communities to establish links, relevant data through semi-structured interviews with key informant figures in the sites/ communities under study are obtained. Multiple focus group discussions with beneficiaries of SFs projects in the studied communities are conducted. That is, in the case of Egypt, the Social Fund for Development (SFD) projects under the regional office were within the geographic boundaries of one governorate, while in Bolivia the projects falling under one departmental office extended into three municipalities. The discussions are focused on how the projects were chosen, the role played by the community and/or the committee (in case of Bolivia), and the communication channels between the Fund and the community.

Keywords: Bolivia; Community; methodology; projects; semi-structured interviews; Social Fund for Development (SFD)



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