Sustainable Livelihood Approach

A Critique of Theory and Practice

  • Stephen Morse
  • Nora McNamara

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Stephen Morse, Nora McNamara
    Pages 1-13
  3. Stephen Morse, Nora McNamara
    Pages 15-60
  4. Stephen Morse, Nora McNamara
    Pages 61-99
  5. Stephen Morse, Nora McNamara
    Pages 101-154
  6. Stephen Morse, Nora McNamara
    Pages 155-173
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 175-190

About this book

Introduction

 

We all view the ubiquitous term ‘sustainability’ as a worthwhile goal. But how can we apply the principles of sustainability in the real world, at the sharp end of communities in developing nations where income insecurity is the troubled norm? This volume provides some practical answers, explaining the precepts of the ‘sustainable livelihood approach’ (SLA) through the case study of a microfinance scheme in Africa.

 

The case study, centered around the work of the Catholic Church’s Diocesan Development Services organization, involved an SLA implemented over two years designed in part to help enhance its existing microfinance operation through closer links between local communities and international donors. The book’s central conclusion is that we must move beyond the concept of sustainable livelihood itself, with its in-built polarities between developed and developing nations, and embrace a more global notion of ‘sustainable lifestyle’; a more nuanced and inclusive approach that encompasses not just how we make a sustainable living, but how we can live sustainable lives.

Keywords

Communities in developing nations Developed and developing nations Development interventions Human capital Income insecurity Microfinance scheme in Africa Natural capital North-South polarity Principles of sustainability SLA Social capital Sustainable Livelihood Approach Sustainable livestyle

Authors and affiliations

  • Stephen Morse
    • 1
  • Nora McNamara
    • 2
  1. 1., Centre for Environmental StrategyUniversity of SurreyGuilfordUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Missionary Sisters of the Holy RosaryDublin 5Ireland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6268-8
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht. 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-6267-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-6268-8
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