This short paper aims to highlight the potential contribution of a youth perspective to broadening our understanding of key concepts that shape development discourse such as livelihoods, poverty and sustainability. It illustrates some of the factors that should be considered when seeking a theoretical and conceptual understanding of youth and youth livelihoods and highlights the potential contribution that young people can make to economy and society and the constraint on this of various social and political disadvantages facing youth.
Walker, M. 2004. Literature review of theoretical and conceptual issues surrounding youth, youth livelihoods and sustainable rural development. Reading, UK: International and Rural Development Department, The University of Reading. 15 pp.