Qualitative Research to Support the Analysis of Social Inclusion in the Western Balkans

  • Carrie TurkEmail author
Part of the Economic Studies in Inequality, Social Exclusion and Well-Being book series (EIAP, volume 8)


The shift to inclusion, as opposed to narrowly defined poverty, as the anchor to the social policy discourse in the Western Balkans is bringing a new awareness of the dynamics of deprivation and a new attention to how different groups experience and are affected by ongoing policy changes. Qualitative research, and particularly structured focus group discussions, can play an important role in informing policy relevant analysis of poverty and inclusion, as demonstrated by a set of recent and ongoing studies commissioned by the World Bank, which cover a variety of topics spanning from the impact of the crisis to the analysis of gender disparities and to the discussion of the impacts of reforms such as pension freezes or reforms in utility prices. This chapter presents the objectives and the logic which has guided the design of these studies in the context of Western Balkan countries and documents some of the insights learned from these exercises on the exclusionary processes linked to social assistance.


Focus Group Disability Pension Poor Household Social Assistance Energy Subsidy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Word BankWashingtonUSA

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