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Trade-offs in the exploration of Sustainable Livelihoods: Experience from a micro-credit intervention in Nigeria

Morse, S and Mcnamara, N (2012) Trade-offs in the exploration of Sustainable Livelihoods: Experience from a micro-credit intervention in Nigeria Geographical Journal, 178 (2). pp. 162-174.

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The paper discusses the Sustainable Livelihood Approach (SLA) as implemented by a Catholic Church development organisation (Diocesan Development Services; DDS) in Nigeria, including the trade-offs involved and the meaning of ‘success’ with this process. SLA sets out to assess the ability of a social unit to enhance its assets and capabilities in the face of shocks and stresses over time and could be said to be a practical framework for evidence-based intervention. DDS implemented an SLA to help provide the basis for changes planned to an existing intervention, namely micro-credit. Given the challenges involved in SLA, DDS decided upon a number of trade-offs to balance the significant cost in resource against what it was looking for from the process. The first driver was a perceived need from DDS to provide quality evidence to help plan changes to its micro-credit scheme. The evidence gained from the SLA was also intended to help provide credibility when approaching major donors for support with the scheme. Secondly there was a desire to use the SLA as a means to identify and work with a group of households in an area where DDS had little prior experience on the assumption that these households could form the basis for a wider involvement with the community.

Item Type: Article
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Date : 2012
Identification Number : 10.1111/j.1475-4959.2011.00419.x
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 Mar 2017 14:59
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 14:15

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