The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


DPU Working Paper - No. 112

Sustainable Urban Livelihoods: Concepts and Implications for Policy

6 November 2000

Author: Sheilah Meikle et al

Publication Date: 2001

How poverty is understood determines the way policy makers and planners respond to it. A sustainable livelihoods approach (SLA) adopts a distinctive perspective on the understanding of poverty and how to intervene to improve the conditions of the poor. A sustainable livelihoods approach to poverty eradication is one that acknowledges that poverty is a condition of insecurity rather than only a lack of wealth. Broadly a ‘sustainable livelihood’ (SL) is a means of living which is resilient to shocks and stresses, and which does not adversely affect the environment. 

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