Access to livelihood assets: Inclusion, exclusion, and the reality of development interventions

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Title
Access to livelihood assets: Inclusion, exclusion, and the reality of development interventions
Title of the book
Research for Sustainable Development : Foundations, Experiences, and Perspectives
Author(s)
Geiser U., Bottazzi P., Epprecht M., Fokou G., Fritschi A., Ramakumar R., Shahbaz B., Steinmann B., Strasser B.
Publisher
NCCR North-South
Address of publication
Bern
ISBN
978-3-905835-31-1
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2011
Editor
Wiesmann  U., Hurni H.
Pages
313-330
Language
english
Abstract
In development studies with a focus on livelihoods, assets (also referred to as resources, capital, or means) represent a crucial dimension that influ- ences people's ability to secure a livelihood. Lack of access to land, water, or education often leads to poverty. The present paper summarises research findings from an international research network, the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South, regarding the crucial rela- tion between such assets and access to them. It brings together insights obtained in studies around the globe as to why some people are excluded from access to assets. Beyond this, it raises the question of whether gaining access is sufficient - does access to resources in itself lead to benefits, or do we need to broaden the concept of access? In addressing these and other questions, this review of NCCR North-South research embeds the concepts of assets and access within a broader understanding of contested politi- cal processes, informed by contemporary social science debates. In the concluding section, this enhanced understanding of social realities is con- trasted with social analyses underpinning (donor-supported) development interventions.
Keywords
Livelihoods, assets, access, development politics, power relations
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