Ecotourism and Poverty Reduction in Uganda. A Case Study of Batwa Communities in Kisoro District.

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Kabale University


This study examined whether Ecotourism can lead to poverty reduction in Batwa communities living in Kisoro District. The study was guided by guided the three specific objectives which were to; examine the effect of Ecotourism on poverty reduction in Batwa communities in Kisoro District, assess the effect of cultural Tourism on poverty reduction in Batwa communities Kisoro District, and identify challenges affecting tourism with respect to poverty reduction goals amongst the Batwa Communities in Kisoro District. The participants were the Batwa Community selected from different areas of Kisoro district. A sample size of 317 respondents was considered for the study. Purposive and snowballing sampling techniques were used. Data was collected using questionnaires and interview guides and analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (for quantitative data), and thematic analysis for qualitatitative data. Findings indicate that the Batwa communities would wish to engage in Ecotourism, but, they are discriminated, not given proper education in order to compete with others, lack awareness on available opportunities and they lack raw materials to make goods for sale. On recommendation, the government should have a Batwa representative in parliament just like any marginalized communities that have a representatives in parliament so as to address their needs.


A Research Dissertation Submitted in Partial Fulfilment Of the Requirements for the Award of Master’s Degree of Arts in Project Planning and Management of Kabale University


Ecotourism , Poverty ,Reduction