7. Theoretical ambitions

Our project shall draw on and contribute to:
  • “Sustainable livelihoods theory” (Allison and Ellis, 2001). Sustainable livelihood is defined as a livelihood which can cope with and recover from stress and shocks and, both now and in the future, maintain and enhance its capabilities and assets while at the same time not undermining the natural resource base.
  • “Governance theory” (Kooiman et al. 2005). Governance theory recognizes that addressing social problems (such as poverty and resource degradation) and creating opportunities (action space for poverty alleviation) require broad socio-political reform (reorganization, institution building) and not only technical means (management measures, planning tools, better science).
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