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Access to livelihood assets: insights from South Asia on how institutions work


Shahbaz, B; Vinod, C P; Geiser, U; Sadaf, T; Schärer, L; Müller-Böker, U (2010). Access to livelihood assets: insights from South Asia on how institutions work. In: Hurni, H; Wiesmann, U. Global change and sustainable development a synthesis of regional experiences from research partnerships. Bern, CH: NCCR North-South, 283-297.

Abstract

The present contribution is an attempt to understand the conditions that impede some households and social groups in securing a decent livelihood by drawing on ‘purported’ facilitating institutions. It is generally agreed that access to livelihood assets is negotiated through institutions. However, the way in which these institutions operate in everyday practice and in specific contexts is less well understood. The four case studies presented here there- fore analyse how customary norms and state regulations work. The article argues that a deeper understanding of the working of institutions, which in turn influence who is excluded from and who is entitled to access a particu- lar livelihood asset, also provides a bridge to evidence-based development support.

The present contribution is an attempt to understand the conditions that impede some households and social groups in securing a decent livelihood by drawing on ‘purported’ facilitating institutions. It is generally agreed that access to livelihood assets is negotiated through institutions. However, the way in which these institutions operate in everyday practice and in specific contexts is less well understood. The four case studies presented here there- fore analyse how customary norms and state regulations work. The article argues that a deeper understanding of the working of institutions, which in turn influence who is excluded from and who is entitled to access a particu- lar livelihood asset, also provides a bridge to evidence-based development support.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
08 University Research Priority Programs > Asia and Europe
Dewey Decimal Classification:950 History of Asia
180 Ancient, medieval & eastern philosophy
910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Date:2010
Deposited On:21 Mar 2010 11:19
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:03
Publisher:NCCR North-South
Series Name:Perspectives / NCCR North-South
Number:5
ISBN:978-3-905835-13-7
Official URL:http://www.north-south.unibe.ch/content.php/publication/id/2498
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-33040

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