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By Rick de Satgé, Ailsa Holloway

This booklet and NTSC video pack is a vital new source for studying and instructing approximately sustainable livelihoods. The catastrophe Mitigation for Sustainable Livelihoods venture was once constructed through the dept of Environmental and Geographical technological know-how on the collage of Cape city, in addition to companion firms in southern Africa. This booklet, an immediate final result of the DiMP venture, is a necessary consultant to figuring out the much-debated proposal of "sustainable livelihoods", and goals to supply functional principles on easy methods to combine this technique into improvement and venture making plans. After an creation to the idea that of sustainable livelihoods, the publication provides a five-day education direction for educating approximately livelihoods, whole with step-by-step consultation plans, task courses and displays. The path contains actions, case reviews, and movies, and is supported by way of net and print references for acquiring extra in-depth details at the topics lined. the fabric has been written for improvement practitioners, running shoes and bosses within the NGO, executive and consulting sectors, and also will be avaluable source for overseas improvement education schemes. The undertaking additionally encompasses a consultant to functional methodologies and instruments utilized in livelihoods paintings, and quite a few loved ones and locality profiles from South Africa as extra education assets.

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Sustainable livelihoods guidance sheets. For more information on CARE and its livelihoods approach see Drinkwater & Rusinow 1999 and Frankenberger & Drinkwater 1999. The Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) in the School of Government, University of the Western Cape, has designed and run this programme in association with the Rural Action Committee (TRAC) and Common Ground Consulting. Murray 2000. These gaps are acknowledged by DFID which advocates using other tools to ensure these ‘missing ideas’ are reflected in practice.

Learning about livelihoods 18 FRAMEWORK STRENGTHS FRAMEWORK WEAKNESSES It seeks to understand changing combinations of modes of livelihood in a dynamic and historical context Elements of the vulnerability context such as rampant inflation, extreme civil conflict and ripples of mass redundancy are much more important than would appear to be allowed for It explicitly advocates a creative tension between different levels of analysis It is presumed that it is possible to expand people's 'asset pentagons' in a generalised and incremental fashion It acknowledges the need to transcend discrete sectors – urban and rural, industrial and agricultural, formal and informal Inequalities of power and conflicts of interest are not sufficiently acknowledged15 It implicitly requires investigation of the relationships between different activities that constitute household livelihoods which in turn requires attention both to intrahousehold and extra-household social relations The notion of 'participation' may disguise the fact that in one way or another the enhancement of the livelihoods of one group will undermine the livelihoods of another group The inadequate definition of what constitutes livelihood sustainability.

Because people view the world in different ways and theorise the relations between things differently, frameworks are constantly contested, adapted and refined. Even where people agree on fundamental core concepts, they may use different terms to describe them. They may emphasise different elements, or think about the interactions between the elements in different ways. In this book we use a model that uses common livelihoods concepts. A number of variations of the basic livelihoods framework have been described by different development actors.

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