Livelihood into Lifestyle
In the previous two chapters the authors provided an in-depth example of an SLA in practice. The context, at least on the surface was a familiar one for SLA; a predominantly rural environment in a developing country, Nigeria. The case study revolves around the activities of an NGO—the Diocesan Development Services (DDS)—and as with all SLAs there are various contexts which are important and these have been summarised in Chap. 3. There was a perceived need by DDS to understand livelihoods in two Igala villages (Ekwoloko and Edeke) and the SLA followed the framework set out in Chap. 2. Admittedly this case study-based approach is prone to the criticisms that normally surround case studies in general, most notably the wider applicability of any lessons that may arise out of the analysis. But while there is much to the DDS-SLA story that is familiar there are also some interesting and unique features. Indeed the intention was to bring together insights from the existing literature on SLA and the lessons that could be gleaned from its application in the case study; an approach that was termed ‘phronesis’ (a form of practical wisdom) by Aristotle.