Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation
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Why is sustainability important?
Sustainability is an important qualifier to DFID’s view of livelihoods because it implies that progress in poverty reduction is lasting, rather than fleeting. This does not mean that any given resource or institution must survive in exactly the same form. Rather it implies accumulation in the broad capital base that provides the basis for improved livelihoods, especially for poor people.
Trade-offs and choices
Recognising the multiple dimensions of sustainability and people’s multiple livelihood objectives is key to the sustainable livelihoods approach. However with diversity come trade-offs; trade-offs within
livelihood outcomes (see 2.6) and between dimensions of sustainability and livelihood outcomes are inevitable.
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Very few livelihoods qualify as sustainable across all these dimensions. Nevertheless sustainability is a key goal and its pursuit should influence all DFID’s support activities. Progress towards sustainability can then be assessed, even if ‘full’ sustainability is never achieved.