Livelihood dynamics in northern Karamoja
The report “Livelihood dynamics in northern Karamoja: a participatory baseline study for the Growth, Health and Governance Program” (2013, 70pp) published by Feinstein International Center of Tufts University bring the findings of a livelihoods assessment made as part of the USAID-funded Growth, Health and Governance Program implemented by Mercy Corps and partners in Karamoja in northeast Uganda.
The study was conducted in the first quarter of 2013 in seven markets and 31 villages in Abim, Kaabong and Kotido Districts. Focus group discussions were carried out in all villages using semi-structured interviews complemented by community mapping, timelines, and ranking and scoring exercises, as well as key informant interviews and visits to markets.
The study identified the main opportunities and constraints to production and marketing in the area and investigated what productive resources are available and how they are used. It looked into recent events and longer-term trends so as to understand how these might have impacted on production and livelihoods. It also looked into the availability, accessibility and quality of existing services. It investigated perceptions of poverty and inequality and tried to quantify the proportion of households in different wealth categories.