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Ethno‐cultural diversity and multidimensional poverty differential in Cameroon

Ethno‐cultural diversity and multidimensional poverty differential in Cameroon Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to reconcile the multidimensional nature of poverty with a population's cultural conditioning for the purpose of policy evaluation. Design/methodology/approach – Structural equation modeling is the strategy used to compare nested models. Findings – The results show that the observed differences in the dimensions of poverty significantly, but not exclusively, result from differences in cultural valuation systems between groups. Culture influences poverty in two ways: differences in perceptions and differences in the poverty determinants. Practical implications – In consideration of these results, we propose a participatory, decentralized and cautious approach in developing credible poverty‐alleviation strategies which respond to the needs expressed by the relevant populations. Originality/value – In this research, the authors adopt a quantitative approach which applies some statistical tests to analyze the effects of cultural values on poverty. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Development Issues Emerald Publishing

Ethno‐cultural diversity and multidimensional poverty differential in Cameroon

International Journal of Development Issues , Volume 10 (2): 18 – Jul 4, 2011

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1446-8956
DOI
10.1108/14468951111149078
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to reconcile the multidimensional nature of poverty with a population's cultural conditioning for the purpose of policy evaluation. Design/methodology/approach – Structural equation modeling is the strategy used to compare nested models. Findings – The results show that the observed differences in the dimensions of poverty significantly, but not exclusively, result from differences in cultural valuation systems between groups. Culture influences poverty in two ways: differences in perceptions and differences in the poverty determinants. Practical implications – In consideration of these results, we propose a participatory, decentralized and cautious approach in developing credible poverty‐alleviation strategies which respond to the needs expressed by the relevant populations. Originality/value – In this research, the authors adopt a quantitative approach which applies some statistical tests to analyze the effects of cultural values on poverty.

Journal

International Journal of Development IssuesEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 4, 2011

Keywords: Poverty; Multidimensional poverty; Culture; Nested models; Latent variables; Structural equation models; Poverty indicators

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