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Applying people centred development approaches within FAO. Some practical lessons
Livelihood Support Programme Working Paper Number 15
The primary focus of the work is the people-centred or livelihood-type approaches
actually used within FAO and development approaches used in different cultural-linguistic
The objective of this work is to draw some lessons on the implementation of people centred
approaches in FAO and, to some extent, different development contexts
(cultural, linguistic, etc).
The work on people-centred or sustainable livelihood-type approaches should assist
us in answering the following questions:
- Is there anything really “new” about these “livelihoods approaches”, and, if so,
what are the practical implications of this for working practice in FAO?
- In what way do the institutional and cultural contexts of development interact
with the approaches themselves in influencing project and programme
- How can development approaches, emerging from different cultural contexts,
learn from each other?
- Is there, in fact, an insurmountable divide between principle and practice in the
development approaches of the 1990s?
- In what way can we draw on the experience of the development approaches
under review in order to overcome this divide?
- The question then arises as to whether development approaches become
redundant once the ideas that they embody have been mainstreamed? Is there
any value-added to the everyday work of FAO officers from the use of these so-called
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