Development Centre

Securing Livelihoods for All

Foresight for Action

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Published on March 31, 2015

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The world has made good progress in improving global livelihoods. More than two billion people have emerged from extreme poverty over the last four decades. Other notable improvements include real increases in wages for unskilled workers, better life expectancy, greater gender equality and more widespread literacy. However, a number of daunting challenges threaten to undo this progress, particularly on the demographic and environmental fronts. While outlining the status of livelihoods today, this fascinating report enumerates the main emerging trends which will have a significant impact on livelihoods in the near future. It looks at a whole range of issues: economy, technology, demography, environment, security and governance. This book presents five possible future scenarios for livelihoods, whose positive or negative outcomes depend on how several emerging challenges are dealt with. It concludes with ideas for global, national and local action that hold significant promise for securing resilient livelihoods for all.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword and Acknowledgements
Executive summary
Why we need bold action to secure livelihoods
The state of the world's livelihoods
Emerging trends and threats to livelihoods
Scenarios for future livelihoods
Bold action for secure livelihoods
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