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Collaborative research project of 4 universities receives 1.3 Million Euro

DFG has extended the funding period of the Research Unit for another 3 years until 2012.

Big success for a research project of the Faculty of Economics and Management at Leibniz University of Hannover: The collaborative research unit "Vulnerability to poverty and dynamics of poverty in Southeast Asia" has been extended until 2012. The German Research Foundation provides funds of 1.3 Million Euros for a second phase of the project, in which Leibniz University of Hannover collaborates with Georg-August-University of Goettingen, Goethe University of Frankfurt/Main and the Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen. The overall objective of the research unit is to attain a better understanding of the dynamics of rural poverty and to develop new strategies for sustainable reduction of poverty and inequality. 

Since 2007 scientists from the fields of economics and economic geography have been analyzing the effects of shocks and crises such as flooding, storms, crop pests, accidents and death have on the livelihood on households in rural provinces of Thailand and Vietnam. Together with partner institutions in the two countries they have conducted a survey among about 4,400 households about their living conditions, income sources and experience of shocks in two consecutive years.

In the second phase the same households will be interviewed again. Moreover, family members who migrated to urban centers, such as Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, will be included in the survey. The comprehensive surveys will help to establish a unique set of data for the analysis of many topics with high relevance for development policy, such as the effects of the current financial and economic crisis or the food price crisis on poorer parts of the population."So far we find a number of exciting topics, which we are eager to investigate in more detail" says the coordinator of the research unit, Prof. Hermann Waibel of the Institute of Development and Agricultural Economics of Leibniz University of Hannover.

The research results will provide a basis for policy advice on the one hand - and in fact are in demand already by international institutions of development cooperation, such as the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. On the other hand, the data base supports the further development and refinement of theoretical concepts in the discipline of development economics. An international scientific conference hosted by Leibniz University of Hannover in 2012 will provide the opportunity to present and discuss the results of the research unit.

3rd wave rural household survey completed

The rural household panel covering six provinces in Northeastern Thailand and Central Vietnam has been extended by a third wave. After 2007 and 2008 more than 4200 households have been interviewed for a third time in May and June 2010. A follow-up survey among migrants from these households is still under way. (8 July 2010)