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The shame of itGlobal perspectives on anti-poverty policies$
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Erika K. Gubrium, Sony Pellissery, and Ivar Lødemel

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447308713

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447308713.001.0001

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‘Food that cannot be eaten’: the shame of Uganda’s anti-poverty policies

‘Food that cannot be eaten’: the shame of Uganda’s anti-poverty policies

(p.157) Eight ‘Food that cannot be eaten’: the shame of Uganda’s anti-poverty policies
The shame of it

Grace Bantebya Kyomuhendo

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Global and national economic policies have remained central to the poverty discourse in Uganda, as these policies have had direct impact on the country’s economic production and, at the micro level, on peoples’ livelihoods and psycho-social experiences of shame attached to their situations. Households have experienced poverty transitions with some moving out of poverty and others sliding into it. Poverty rates in Uganda fell from 56% in 1992 to 44% in 1997 and 34% in 1999/2000. This period was followed by one in which poverty rose to 38% in 2002/2003 before falling again to 31% in 2005/2006 (UNDP, 2011). According to the Uganda Household survey (2009/2010), poverty has dropped further, reaching a record low of 24.5% with 7.5 Million Ugandans living in absolute poverty by 2010. The chapter ends with a focus on how these patterns have been reflected in varying debates concerning marginalization, patronage, corruption and unequal “sharing of the national cake” among different ethnic groupings and regions, and on how shaming has been aimed at particular recipients of anti-poverty policies.

Keywords:   Uganda, Global influence, high poverty, corruption, patronage

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