A systematic integrated approach for crafting poverty reduction and sustainable development projects

Title: A systematic integrated approach for crafting poverty reduction and sustainable development projects

Author: Downs, Timothy J.

Publication: Natural Resources Forum. Vol. 31

Date: 2007

Description: This article presents a systematic integrated approach to poverty reduction and sustainable development that can frame issues, simplify complexity and guide responses. The approach incorporates five theories: social learning theory and participatory methods, vulnerability theory, systems thinking, sustainability assessment, and capacity building. The author refers to the approach as SVSSC. The article provides three case studies to complete its summary of relevant literature. One case study uses the SVSSC approach to investigate environmental justice and health problems in the Main South and Peidmont neighborhoods in Worcester, Massachusetts. The immigrant populations in these two neighborhood include many resettled refugees.

Keywords: immigrants, refugees, poverty reduction, sustainable development, social learning, capacity building, vulnerability

Cataloged by: Selina Sikder / B. J. Perkins

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