In the first section you’ve studied different materials (Chapter 2, video clips, articles, extracts from a blog) and been asked to draw out particular information from all of them. You were also reminded earlier on to think about the context within which a piece of evidence is framed. This section also introduced PASH as a lens which this course uses to study international development.
In the second section you examined different kinds of intervention to promote livelihoods and used a conceptual framework to evaluate them. You also explored further the pros and cons of micro-credit and cash transfers. In doing do, you have been sharpening your critical reflection skills. You might also want to engage in some critical reflection, that is, to think about how your own values and beliefs impact on your understanding and attitude towards these interventions. Given that development theory and policy has often been generated in ‘Western’ contexts, how do you think your own cultural context impacts on your understanding of development and what implications might this have on attempts to intervene in the livelihoods of others? Jot down your own thoughts on the different kinds of intervention, their potential and their challenges. Are there any interventions that you have been involved in directly? How do they compare?