Sen, subjective well-being and poverty in Namibia

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  • Sen, subjective well-being and poverty in Namibia

      Rinie Schenck and Derick Blaauw

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    Pub: 2017-12-19 11:13:07

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  • the aim of this article is to analyse and describe the perceptions of poverty
    and subjective well-being as described by the “poor” in namibia, using
    Amartya sen’s multidimensional theoretical framework of Poverty (Capability
    approach). the paper utilises qualitative data and information obtained from
    the 13 Participatory Poverty Assessments (PPAs) reports of the namibian
    national Planning Commission (nPC). the PPAs followed a broad qualitative
    participatory methodology and were conducted in all 13 regions of namibia. It
    offers a unique source of qualitative information on how well-being and poverty
    are perceived and experienced by the people themselves. the analysis focuses
    on matters such as the role of institutional quality, social trust in the community,
    religion, beliefs and people’s perceptions of poverty and well-being. Poverty
    is complex and multidimensional and not an economic issue only. Money and
    livelihoods were considered as a means to an end and not an end in itself. Wellbeing was rather seen as being able to foster and enlarge human capabilities,
    life choices and opportunities.

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  • Keywords

    Amartya sen, capabilities, namibia, poverty, subjective well-being


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