Socio-Economic Causes and Consequence of Begging

Hayelom Abadi Mesele*

Department of Sociology, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Wollo University

The objective of this study was to assess the causes and consequences of begging in Dessie city. To achieve the purpose of this research, a mixed research design was employed. The respondents were selected through convenience and purposive sampling techniques. The data were collected through survey, in-depth interview and key informant interview data collection methods. Both quantitative and qualitative methods of data analysis were used in a concurrent manner. The researchers used descriptive statistical tools to analyze the quantitative data. Descriptive tools such as frequency, percentages, and tables are employed to present the results. On the other hand, the qualitative data was analyzed by using thematic analysis methods. As the findings indicated that leading causes that force individuals to begging is the wide spread poverty and economic problems of families, health problems (illness), physical disability, homelessness, loss of property and lack of caring relatives. Moreover, death of parents (orphanage), lack of old age security and divorce were factors contributing to begging life. There are also negative consequences of begging including lack of shelter and food, harsh weather conditions (sun and cold), verbal abuse posed by the public, car accident and harassments from fellow beggars. Harassment by municipal officials and by police, discrimination and stigma were the other common problems associated with begging. It can conclude that beggar’s are faced a wider range of socio economic challenges, immeasurable exploitations and sufferings while they were begging and living on the street, public places and churchyards. Therefore, government and non government organization need to resolve the major causes of begging as well as it needs to strengthen the social protection system to protect vulnerable groups including beggars.

Keywords: Begging, Dessie city

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Hayelom Abadi Mesele.Socio-Economic Causes and Consequence of Begging . Global Journal of Arts and Humanities, 2020, 3:17.


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