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A Guide to the Livelihoods Framework

A Guide to the Livelihoods Framework

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The sustainable livelihoods approach improves understanding of the livelihoods of the poor. It organizes the factors that constrain or enhance livelihood opportunities, and shows how they relate. It can help plan development activities and assess the contribution that existing activities have made to sustaining livelihoods.
The sustainable livelihoods approach improves understanding of the livelihoods of the poor. It organizes the factors that constrain or enhance livelihood opportunities, and shows how they relate. It can help plan development activities and assess the contribution that existing activities have made to sustaining livelihoods.

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The views expressed in this presentation are the views of the author/s and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the AsianDevelopment Bank, or its Board of Governors, or the governments they represent. ADB does not guarantee the accuracy of the data includedin this presentation and accepts no responsibility for any consequence of their use. The countries listed in this presentation do not imply anyview on ADB's part as to sovereignty or independent status or necessarily conform to ADB's terminology.
A Guide to the Livelihoods
Framework
Olivier Serrat 
2011
 
The Livelihoods Approach
A livelihood comprises thecapabilities, assets, and activitiesrequired for a means of living.
A livelihood is deemedsustainable when it can copewith and recover from stressesand shocks and maintain orenhance capabilities, assets, andactivities, both now and in thefuture, without undermining thenatural resource base.
 
The Livelihoods Approach
 
The livelihoods approach is based on evolving thinking aboutpoverty reduction, the way the poor and vulnerable live theirlives, and the importance of structural and institutional issues;it suggests development activities that are people-centered,responsive and participatory, multilevel, conducted inpartnership with both the public and private sectors, dynamic,and sustainable.
The livelihoods approach helps organize factors that constrainor enhance livelihood opportunities and shows how theyrelate to one another; as such, it is more than an analyticalframework.

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