Beyond the livelihood framework: aspirations and well-being in encounters with aids orphans in Mozambique

  • Tanja R. Müller
Part of the Mansholt Publication Series book series (MAUSHOLT, volume 12)


This chapter uses the resource profile approach as a framework to explore well-being and future aspirations among orphans and vulnerable children in Central Mozambique who took part in an AIDS mitigation project aimed at shoring up rural livelihoods. It is shown that participation in the project has altered the resource profile of participants, not least in terms of bolstering cultural resources and enhancing the capacity to aspire. This has wider implications for individuals’ resource profile dynamics more generally and strengthens the case for interventions into HIV/AIDS based on a holistic understanding of people’s well-being. It also shows that capital-asset-based livelihood approaches fall short in terms of providing a useful framework to understand people’s lived realities.


livelihood resource profile approach HIV/AIDS well-being 



This study was made possible by funding from The Nuffield Foundation under the Social Science Small Grant Scheme (reference number SGS/33575). I gratefully acknowledge this financial support. I also wish to thank staff at FAO offices in Rome and Chimoio for their support and initial information on the project, in particular Carol Djeddah and Mundie Salm. Special thanks to Francisca Raposo from the education office in Chimoio for her role in facilitating all field trips.


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  • Tanja R. Müller
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  1. 1.University of ManchesterManchesterUK

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