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The Role of Rural Development Interventions in Creating a Sustainable Society
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

The inter-related social and ecological facets of global sustainability imply that the way society develops will impact the environment. Development presents complex, multifaceted challenges. Interventions in the developing world in the form of projects created by the agencies, organizations and agents of the international development community increasingly appreciate and seek to address these challenges. Yet, to do so effectively, interventions need to shift from fragmented, sector-specific approaches based on formal data reports to approaches that anticipate, adapt, transform, and learn. This research aims to complement and support the practical and theoretical knowledge of rural development agents with insights from practitioners using approaches that consider complexity in other fields, in order to explore how development interventions could play a role in moving society toward sustainability. A prototype guide for rural development interventions synthesizes results gathered from interviews with rural development agents within Latin America and learning experience designers into three levels: system, interaction, and personal. The Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD) provides a systems perspective and unifying definition of sustainability. The interaction level presents key recommendations, rationale, and methods for action, and the personal level presents reflection questions. This research hopes to inspire mutual learning between development actors and communities.

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2014. , 89 p.
Keyword [en]
development interventions, sustainable development, complexity-based approaches, rural community development, international development community, rural development agents
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-2431Local ID: oai:bth.se:arkivexBC01DE33819E3CFDC1257CEF0046BCC9OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-2431DiVA: diva2:829708
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SLASL (Master programme in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability
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Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2015-04-22 Created: 2014-06-06 Last updated: 2015-11-09Bibliographically approved

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