A Framework for Livelihoods Analysis.pdf

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McGill University
International Development
INTD 200
Warren Allmand

A Framework for Livelihoods Analysis 12/5/12 1:22 AM Thinking through diversified rural livelihoods ‘assets-mediating processes-activities’ framework • poverty reduction • sustainability • livelihood strategies Originates from • Vulnerability and famines • Analysis of poverty-environment interactions • Livelihood systems approach to gender analysis • The asset vulnerability approach to urban poverty reduction • Research on sustainable rural livelihoods Regard asset status of the poor as fundamental to understanding the options open to them, the strategies they adopt for survival and their vulnerability to adverse trends and events Believe poverty policy should be about raising the asset status of the poor or enabling existing assets that are idle to be used productively Positive approach Useful • Micro policies • Tracing local impact of macro policies A framework for the analysis of rural livelihoods It is the rural household that is taken as the main social unit to which the framework is applied. Assets • Starting point • Assets owned, controlled, claimed or in some other means accessed by the household • Assets as stocks of capital: give rise to a flow of output, enable future investment • Categories of Assets (Swift) o Investments: human, individual, and collective assets o Stores: food, items of value, money o Claims: reciprocal claims on other households, claims on patrons, government and the international community • Categories of Assets (food security context) o Productive capital o Non-productive capital o Human capital o Income o Claims • Natural Capital: land, water and biological resources that are utilized by people to generate means of survival o Not static o Enhanced when it is brought under human control o A gradient between low and high agro ecological potential o Renewable and non-renewable resources • Physical Capital: created by economic production processes o A producer good o Purchased in order to create a flow of outputs into the future o Infrastructural assets: roads, power lines, water supplies • Human Capital: labour available to the household o Education, skills, health • Financial Capital and Substitutes: stocks of money to which the household has access o Savings, credits and loans o Fungibility à
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