Development studies discourse: How gendersensitive are sustainable livelihood frameworks?

Show simple item record Arku, Frank S. Arku, Cynthia 2020-08-10T11:53:46Z 2020-08-10T11:53:46Z 2019-01
dc.description.abstract Over the last two decades development studies professionals are drawing on Sustainable Livelihoods (SL) framework to understand the various livelihood strategies available to rural people. The unadventurous development top-down approaches identify only ‘one’ livelihood strategy in the form of ‘employment’ that supports them. This paper discusses the SL frameworks from the viewpoints of United Kingdom Department for International Development’s (DFID) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and maintains that despite the many advantages of SL as diagnostic framework in development studies discourse, the framework lacks specificity on what ‘activities’ provide a means of living. Without a clear explanation of the activities, their livelihood analysis can be best characterized as gender-insensitive because there is a high risk of overlooking certain non-market activities, such as women’s housework. This deficiency in the SL is epitomized from a feminist perspective, problematizing the increasing devaluation and undervaluation of women’s reproductive,productive and community management work in the modern economy and the need to deconstruct structural barriers to gender equal relations. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher International Scholars Journals en_US
dc.subject Gender en_US
dc.subject Community responsibilities en_US
dc.subject Reproductive en_US
dc.subject Sustainable livelihoods en_US
dc.title Development studies discourse: How gendersensitive are sustainable livelihood frameworks? en_US
dc.type Article en_US

Files in this item

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record

Search AfriREP


My Account