Guidelines for writing a livelihoods case study for topic guides and lesson learning.

Abstract

This report puts forward a structure within which the livelihood dimensions of development projects and programmes can be succinctly summarised. The report provides some initial notes for guidance, an annotated briefing paper structure, and two fully worked examples in order to illustrate applying the structure to real case studies.

The structure described is designed to suit varying requirements with respect to detail and length. For example, it can be utilised to write a 2-page synopsis, or a lengthier 5- or 10- page project summary. The amount of detail provided under each heading can be contracted or expanded accordingly. The 8 essential components of a good case study written with a livelihoods lens comprise:

  • the context
  • project objectives and coverage
  • project cost and design
  • beneficiary selection: targeting
  • project delivery
  • project achievements
  • lesson learning
  • summary

The two case studies used to illustrate this approach are:
1. Ethiopia Productive Safety Nets Programme
2. Kenya Linking Farmers to Supermarkets

Citation

Ellis, F. Guidelines for writing a livelihoods case study for topic guides and lesson learning. Evidence on Demand, UK (2013) 13 pp. [DOI: 10.12774/eod_hd052.may2013.ellis]

Guidelines for writing a livelihoods case study for topic guides and lesson learning.

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