The two primary outputs of this project were:
Work in Progress
- The analytical framework
for community adaptation and sustainable livelihoods - This framework involves an
understanding of the interaction of science, local knowledge, and policy in
determining how communities adapt to change in a sustainable manner. It is
presented in the introduction to IISD's CASL program. Further testing and
revision of the model for more general application are currently underway.
- The guidebook on participatory
research for sustainable livelihoods - This is a
detailed guide, based on our field experience on how to apply
existing participatory research tools and policy analyses to adaptive
strategies and sustainable livelihoods projects. The guidebook
will be useful to both practitioners and researchers interested
in conducting work in this field. It is not a PRA/RRA type manual,
but rather a guide to using the integrated approach we have developed,
which brings together policy and community initiatives.
In the process of creating these outputs, a number of other documents were prepared.
These included reports written by our collaborating partners on the
community-articulated adaptive strategies and policies researched in each of the
five countries. Summaries of their findings have been compiled into a working paper
which may be of interest to other researchers working in these countries.
- Discussions on the development of popular forms of the results
for community use, to further test our hypothesis of self empowerment
of communities through validation of their adaptive strategies
and knowledge systems and informing them of policy issues.
- Dissemination of outputs and presentation of findings to major
players such as UNDP, WB, etc.
- Analysis of the outputs to identify possible generic principles
and prepare an overall report on the project.
- Community Sustainability - Home
- ASAL Project
Follow-up discussions have been initiated for possible collaboration
with specific groups such as UN Capital Development Fund, UNSO,
Regional Bureau for Africa, Regional Bureau for Asia, Bureau for
Policy and Program Support, Technical Cooperation among Developing
Countries (TCDC) Units.
Discussions with the World Bank have led to an invitation to present
the project concept and results to an in-house seminar in the
Africa Division of the Bank. Discussions at this meeting are
likely to focus on the implications of the project findings for:
- policy making and policy-makers
- project development and design
- understanding the context of proposed development interventions
- development thinking related to agro-pastoralists in arid
and semi-arid lands in Africa
- community empowerment