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Presented by Peter Thorne at the Training of Trainers workshop on the use of Livelihoods Characterization/Benchmarking Tool (SLATE), Jeldu, Ethiopia, 1-5 April 2013

Presented by Peter Thorne at the Training of Trainers workshop on the use of Livelihoods Characterization/Benchmarking Tool (SLATE), Jeldu, Ethiopia, 1-5 April 2013

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    • An Introduction to the Sustainable Livelihoods Framework Peter Thorne Training of Trainers (ToT) on the use of Livelihoods Characterization/Benchmarking Tool (SLATE) Jeldu, Ethiopia, 1-5 April 2013
    • Why Sustainable Livelihoods? A way of thinking about scope, priorities and objectives for development. Identify the range of assets and options open to households. By doing so, the constraints faced by and opportunities available to them can be clarified. Multi-dimensional. Based in householders’ realities
    • The Sustainable Livelihoods Framework
    • What are the Capital Asset Classes? Human – skills, knowledge, ability to labour and good health that together enable people to pursue different livelihood strategies and achieve their livelihood objectives. At a household level human capital is broadly a factor of the amount and quality of labour available. Natural – natural resource stocks from which resource flows and services (e.g. nutrient cycling, erosion protection) useful for livelihoods are derived Financial – financial resources that people use to achieve their livelihood objectives (includes capital and income for the purposes of the livelihoods analysis) Physical – basic infrastructure and producer goods needed to support livelihoods (roads, shelter, milk collection plants etc.). Social – the social resources upon which people draw in pursuit of their livelihood objectives. Includes family, other social, commercial networks etc., membership of formal organisations (cooperatives etc.)
    • Livelihoods PentagonsSmall-scale commercial poultry Resource poor subsistence
    • The Process 1: Identifying AssetIndicators Identify a set of indicators for the communities that we are working in. Important that these reflect the needs, concerns and opportunities that affect the community Groups of key informants
    • The Process 2: Household scoring Combine indicators identified during step 1. Assess each household according to these indicators  Weight (importance): 0 to 10 – how relevant is this indicator to the household when compared with all the other indicators.  Score (impact): -5 to +5 – how much does this indicator contribute to or compromise the household’s livelihood. Vulnerability – Score future perceptions
    • What will we get from this?Learn about the different livelihoods assets andindicators within a community and their relativeimportance.Identify benchmarks that can be used to see whereindividual households are in relation to theirneighboursIdentify groups (types) of household that aresufficiently similar in nature for them to be able toadopt similar sets of interventions.
    • Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation africa-rising.net