Influencing Policy Processes for Sustainable Livelihoods: Strategies for Change
Author: J Keeley
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This paper from the Institute of Development Studies explores new approaches to understanding policy processes, drawing on case studies from sub-Saharan Africa and Bangladesh. When policy processes are seen as non-linear, political and haphazard, new factors need to be taken into account. In identifying these factors, policy processes can be influenced more effectively.
This enables a sustainable livelihoods (SL) approach to be promoted more effectively by those who advocate it. A SL approach to policy processes emphasises cross-sectorality (several sectors are looked at holistically, in terms of an overall policy of SL). It also stresses focusing on the micro (local) level and macro-micro linkages, including and involving poor people in decision-making, making trade-offs between different policy aims and emphasising the policy process, recognising that it is flexible and dynamic.
Four tools of analysis have been identified as key to understanding policy processes in complex environments:
Understanding how these factors apply in a particular context will identify avenues for change and enable policy to be influenced in a more effective manner. In this way a SL approach can be integrated more effectively. Policy processes can be influenced by:
Keeley, J. 2001, 'Influencing Policy Processes for Sustainable Livelihoods: Strategies for Change', Institute of Development Studies, Brighton.
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