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The Sustainable Livelihoods Approach (SLA) is a method of analysing and changing the lives of people experiencing poverty and disadvantage. It is a participatory approach based on the recognition that all people have abilities and assets that can be developed to help them improve their lives.  Oxfam has already supported community development organisations to apply the SLA as a project delivery tool across the UK. The SLA has also been used to help policymakers and service providers help people experiencing poverty in a more holistic, whole-life way. The SLA Toolkit For Wales provides the practical tools needed to help people address their issues in an effective, sustainable manner. The four sections of this Toolkit explain what the Approach is, and how it can be used, and should be read to gain an understanding of the principles of the SLA. The appendices then contain all the specific tools for undertaking SLA work, as well as a range of monitoring templates that can be used to track an individual or family progress using the Approach.  The Toolkit has recently been used by 14 Oxfam Cymru partner projects, including all of its Big Lottery-funded Building Livelihoods, Strengthening Communities and Sanctuary in Wales projects.
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  the sustainable livelihoods approach Toolkit for Wales  Oxfam is a registered charity in England and Wales (No: 202918) and Scotland (No: SCO 039042). Oxfam GB is a member of Oxfam International. Printed on recycled stock. Produced by Slicker Designs.  contents Section One   ● Foreword ● Using this Toolkit   ● Introduction: tackling poverty and disadvantage in Wales Section Two   ● Livelihoods analysis - how do people make ends meet?   ● Key principles of the Sustainable Livelihoods Approach   ● What is meant by ‘assets’ in the context of the Sustainable Livelihoods Approach?   ● Identifying and mapping the external context – policies, institutions and practices ● Power relations and diversity issues ● How do individuals and communities use their assets to make a livelihood?   ● Livelihood strategies ● The livelihoods ladder ● What can happen when things go wrong? ● Communities taking action / planning for change Section Three   ● How does the Sustainable Livelihoods Approach work for individuals and families?   ● How does the Sustainable Livelihoods Approach work for groups and organisations?   ● Who is this Toolkit for?   ● Where and how has it been used? Section Four   ● Summary ● What information will the Toolkit provide? ● What can it be used for? ● Who can undertake the work? ● The importance of training and support 2  Tools for A Sustainable Livelihood Tool 1: Drawing the HouseholdTool 2: OK/Not OK TimelineTool 3: Managing WheelTool 4: Structured InterviewsTool 5: Livelihoods Strategy ToolTool 6: Mapping Public Assets Tool 7: Power and Inuence Line Tool 8: The Assets PentagonTool 9: Livelihoods Ladder Tool 10: Gender Awareness Tool 11: Problem Tree Analysis Tool 12: Identifying Livelihoods Solution Appendix: Monitoring templates for Sustainable Livelihoods Approach a) Personal Development Portfoliob) Baseline Surveyc) Guidance notes to Baseline Survey 3
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