This project generated new knowledge of peri-urban production, livelihoods and poverty by synthesising findings from a number of individual NRSP-funded studies. Three opportunities to learn more from projects already completed had been identified, requiring very different levels of resources. This project combined them into one, because their common concern with the peri-urban interface suggested a potential for mutual enhancement. The three opportunities were:
The findings of separate lines of 10 years of NRSP research on the peri-urban interfaces (PUIs) of 3 city-regions - Kumasi, Ghana, Hubli-Dharwad, India and Kolkata, India - had not been linked or compared.
Studies regarding the Kumasi PUI had ended before their full potential to produce significant findings was realised. The final Kumasi PUI project carried out trials of alternative livelihood activities. A number of key questions about the trials and their outcomes were not answered, although a large amount of relevant information was produced.
Findings of seven NRSP projects on the use of urban wastes had never been brought together.
Mattingly, M. 2006. Synthesis of peri-urban interface knowledge. Final Technical Report for project R8491. London: Development Planning Unit, University College London. 21 pp.