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Nature, Wealth, Power 2.0: Leveraging Natural and Social Capital for Resilient Development

Nature, Wealth, Power 2.0: Leveraging Natural and Social Capital for Resilient Development
by Sue Hoye last modified Sep 05, 2019 11:42 PM
Contributors: Anderson, Jon, Colby, Mike, McGahuey,Mike, Mehta, Shreya
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This volume is a sequel to the original Nature, Wealth, & Power framework paper (NWP1), produced in 2002. That document, although focused on rural Africa, was found useful by a variety of development practitioners around the world, and elicited significant interest from different disciplines and regions from both practical and theoretical perspectives. The world context has changed since 2002, and development theory and practice have also evolved. Therefore, in 2012, USAID initiated an assessment and updating of the NWP framework. This second framework paper (NWP2) is targeted at practitioners involved in the design, implementation, and evaluation of natural resource–based rural development activities around the world, trying to make them more equitable, efficient, and effective. We also hope it will be useful to policy makers who are designing policies, laws, and administrative instruments to spur rural development. It does not claim to be a sure-fire recipe for success, but is an updated framework compiled from and consisting of best practices. Featured January, 2014.

Author(s): Anderson, Jon , Colby, Mike , McGahuey,Mike , Mehta, Shreya

Publication Date: 2013

Location: Africa: Namibia. Latin America and Caribbean: Brazil. Asia: Bangladesh, Nepal.

Download File from Portal: USAID NWP2 Report FINAL-c.pdf — PDF document, 4,793 kB (4,908,912 bytes)

Information relevant to Learning Questions:

Are enabling conditions in place to support a sustainable enterprise?

  • Stakeholder alignment, diversification
  • Market demand, access to credit/capital
  • Ownership, governance
  • Government requirements, policies for enterprises, business alliances
  • Financial management capacity, technical capacity
  • Inputs, infrastructure
  • Benefit sharing, targeted participants, combined strategic approaches, biodiversity linkage, policies for and enforcement of resource use, external disturbance

Does the enterprise lead to benefits to stakeholders?

  • Increased income for participants
  • Non-cash benefits

Do the benefits lead to positive changes in attitudes and behavior?

  • Attitudes regarding sustainable use of resources
  • Behaviors regarding sustainable use of resources

Does a change in stakeholders’ behaviors lead to a reduction to threats to biodiversity (or restoration)?

  • Agriculture and aquaculture
  • Biological resource use
  • Climate change and severe weather

Does a reduction in threats (or restoration) lead to conservation?

  • Forest ecosystems
  • Freshwater ecosystems
  • Grassland ecosystems
  • Marine ecosystems
  • Species

Enterprise Types:

  • Crops
  • Livestock
  • Sustainably harvested timber products
  • Non-timber forest products
  • Sustainably harvested fish and shellfish
  • Aquaculture and mariculture
  • Marine/freshwater ecotourism
  • Terrestrial ecotourism

Document type

  • Case-study
  • Report

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