1st Edition

Urban Livelihoods A People-centred Approach to Reducing Poverty

Edited By Carole Rakodi, Tony Lloyd-Jones Copyright 2002

    One of the most promising approaches to poverty reduction in developing countries is to encourage sustainable livelihoods for the poor. This takes account of their opportunities and assets and the sources of their vulnerability. Based on recent and extensive research, this volume thoroughly assesses the value of the livelihoods approach to urban poverty. The book reviews the situation and strategies of the urban poor and identifies the policies and practical programmes that work best. Lasting improvements depend not just on economic development, but on political commitment and structures that are responsive to the claims and needs of different groups of poor people.

    Foreword by Clare Short * Preface: the Sustainable Livelihoods Approach and the Department for International Development * Introduction * Part 1: Livelihoods and the Poverty Context * Part 2: Understanding the Situations and Strategies of Poor People* Part 3: The Policy Implications of Urban Livelihoods Analysis * Part 4: Urban Poverty Reduction: Lessons from Experience * Part 5: Conclusions * Index


    Tony Lloyd-Jones, Carole Rakodi

    'The book provides a valuable framework for understanding the opportunities and assets available to poor people and the sources of their vulnerability.' Sustain 'Concise and well-written, this contribution is very welcome' Development and Change