Alf Morten Jerve has been research fellow at the Chr. Michelsen Institute since 1983. He has conducted social anthropological fieldwork in Botswana and has since 1986 been co-ordinator of a rural development project in Tanzania. He was the main author and co-ordinator of the Pakistan Country Study and Norwegian Aid Review (Chr. Michelsen Institute, Bergen, 1985). He was Senior Field Researcher and Field Coordinator of the Country Boat Study, and wrote several of the chapters concerning the country boat sector in this book.