Publication Date

11-2008

Abstract

{Excerpt} The sustainable livelihoods approach improves understanding ofthe 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 facilitates the identification of practical priorities for actions that are based on the views and interests of those concerned but they are not a panacea. It does not replace other tools, such as participatory development, sector-wide approaches, or integrated rural development. However, it makes the connection between people and the overall enabling environment that influences the outcomes of livelihood strategies. It brings attention to bear on the inherent potential of people in terms of their skills, social networks, access to physical and financial resources, and ability to influence core institutions.

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Suggested Citation

Serrat, O. (2010). The sustainable livelihoods approach. Washington, DC: Asian Development Bank.

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This article was first published by the Asian Development Bank (www.adb.org)

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