Sustainable Livelihoods in Southern Africa

Sustainable Livelihoods in Southern Africa was a three-year collaborative project carried out by research partners in Mozambique, South Africa, UK and Zimbabwe, funded by the UK Department for International Development.

Few would deny the importance of the ideals of the 'sustainable livelihoods approach' - poverty reduction, reducing livelihood vulnerability, improving environmental sustainability, and participatory approaches are all seen as 'good things' for development. How, in practice, can these ideals be realised?

The sustainable livelihoods approach requires new ways of thinking about institutional and organisational arrangements for development, as well as understanding how poor people can gain access to natural resources and influence policy processes so that their concerns are realised.

Through case studies in Zambezia (Mozambique), the Eastern Cape Wild Coast (South Africa) and the lowveld area of south-east Zimbabwe, this Sustainable Livelihoods in Southern Africa programme examined the challenges of institutional, organisational and policy reform around land, water and wild resources in southern Africa.

SLSA Project overview and key findings

Key contact

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T: +44 (0)1273 915679

E: i.scoones@ids.ac.uk

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T: +44 (0)1273 915677

E: l.mehta@ids.ac.uk

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Dancing to two tunes? Rights and market-based approaches in South Africa's water domain

SLSA Research Paper 17 (2004)
Mehta, L. and Ntshona, Z.

The Rural Poor, the Private Sector and Markets: Changing Interactions in Southern Africa

SLSA Overview Paper (2003)
Mehta, L., Scoones, I. and Ashley, C.

Decentralisations in Practice in Southern Africa

SLSA Overview Paper (2003)
Mehta, L., Scoones, I. and Ashley, C.

From Jambanja to Planning: The Reassertion of Technocracy in Land Reform in Southeastern Zimbabwe

SLSA Research Paper 2 (2003)
Chaumba, J., Scoones, I. and Wolmer, W.

New Politics, New Livelihoods: Changes in the Zimbabwean Lowveld Since the Farm Occupations of 2000

SLSA Research Paper 3 (2003)
Chaumba, J., Wolmer, W. and Scoones, I.

Rights Talk and Rights Practice: Challenges for Southern Africa

SLSA Overview Paper (2003)
Mehta, L., Scoones, I. and Ashley, C.

Só para o Inglese ver' - The Policy and Practice of Tenure Reform in Mozambique

SLSA Research Paper 11 (2003)
Nhantumbo, I. and Pereira, J.

The 'New' Communities: Land Tenure Reform and the Advent of New Institutions in Zambézia Province, Mozambique

SLSA Research Paper 12 (2003)
Norfolk, S., Nhantumbo, I. and Pereira, J.

The Politics of Land Reform in Southern Africa

SLSA Research Paper 19 (2003)
Lahiff, E.
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Project Dates:
April 2000 - March 2003
Project Status:
Closed
Funder:
Department for International Development (DFID)
Research Themes / Programmes:
Agriculture
Environment
Land reform and rights
Politics and Power
Water and Sanitation