Livelihood Protection and Support for Disaster

Authored by: David Sanderson

The Routledge Handbook of Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415590655
eBook ISBN: 9780203844236
Adobe ISBN: 9781136918698


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An early, influential conceptualisation of livelihoods was developed by Scoones (1998) and, also building on work by Swift (1989), was concerned primarily with chronic rural poverty. Described by Chambers (2008) as ‘a real breakthrough’, the conceptualisation sought to combine rural economic concepts concerning food, access, supply and availability. It also sought to describe a relationship between tangible assets (described as stores and resources), intangible assets (claims and access) and livelihood capabilities. The conceptualisation comprised three overlapping circles, representing: claims and access; livelihood; and stores and resources.

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