April 10, 2008

Book Review - Sustainable Livelihoods

Sustainable Livelihoods: Building on the Wealth of the Poor
Kristin Helmore and Naresh Singh
HD 75 .H43 2001

This book shifts the focus of development activities. Instead of focusing on the needs of the poor, Helmore and Singh instead focus on what the poor can contribute to development projects. At the center of these is the idea that people must have sustainable livelihoods in order for the general living conditions in their country to approve. It also gives the people the power to initiate development activities that help themselves and their communities rather than relying on outside organizations and initiatives over which they have no control. This book focuses on empowering people to participate in their own development. At the same time, it discusses the roles of science and technology, financial investments and governing policies for development projects.