Territorial Approach for Sustainable Livelihoods - Brief Description
The Territorial Approach for Sustainable Livelihoods is a people centred approach that aims to increase the sustainability of poor people’s livelihoods, especially in a post-conflict or post-disaster setting. The approach seeks to build upon the assets that communities have, to develop and strengthen these in the short-term through cash-for-work and food-for-work measures while simultaneously developing additional income and employment opportunities in the medium and long-term. In the short-term a labour intensive project is selected (termed a backbone) where cash for work or food for work provides employment for 1-2 years. Typical backbone projects include rehabilitation measures of productive infrastructure (i.e. access roads, irrigation facilities, marketing facilities, re-forestation, etc.).
Photo 1: Road construction as a “backbone”