Livelihoods Perspective D: Livelihood Research Methologies for Practitioners

Authors: U. Geiser, O. Ejderyan, R. Tuor, N. Backhaus

Look at the pictures in the right-hand column:

Think of how you would approach a research questions related to development.
Can you think of any methodologies or entry points to conduct an analysis concerning development issues?

Learning Objectives

After completing this lesson, you shall be able to:

  • Describe the fundamental principles behind the livelihoods approaches;
  • Outline the differences and similarities between the following frameworks:
    • The sustainable livelihoods framework (DFID);
    • The household livelihoods security framework (CARE);
    • The rural livelihood system framework (SDC);
  • Point out the differences between livelihood research perspective(s) and related research methodologies and methods;
  • Identify the constraints and potentials of poor people's livelihoods using a livelihoods framework.


In order to fulfil the learning objectives of this lesson, you will have to:

  • Read the on-screen information as well as a text about different livelihood approaches and frameworks;
  • Look at the different figures and animations representing frameworks and other aspects of livelihoods approaches and methodologies;
  • Complete a drag-and-drop exercise on the Sustainable Livelihoods Framework;
  • Do a single-choice exercise;
  • Watch a film and make a simple livelihoods analysis.

Working through this lesson you will come across the following activities, tests and downloads:




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