Degree Name

MA in Sustainable Development

First Advisor

Kanthie Athukorala


Development practice has received significant attention recently due to a consistent rise in poverty levels. Debates question discernments on defining development, strategies in identifying community challenges, actions and interventions to create long term impact and donor perception that sets the pace for establishing policy framework towards tackling poverty in developing countries. The Theories and Practices in Sustainable Development (TPSD) course introduced within the Sustainable Development Master degree program at SIT re-examines these aspects as part of efforts made by the international community to introduce actions and aid modalities that reflect bilateral cooperation, genuine sharing, equity in rights, empowerment and participation. This course recommends the Sustainable Livelihoods and Human Rights (SL&HR) framework as a major aid modality that recognizes the natural state of poor communities and specific existing opportunities that can be explored to improve on conditions.

This project therefore explores the relevance of the SL&HR Framework in identifying constraining factors and developing specific mitigating possibilities of access to resources in a developing country. Based on the researchers experience in coordinating consortium development programs across donors and beneficiaries and understanding the state of poverty in the global south, the project has designed two specific intervention models recommended by target beneficiaries and established an organizational framework to ensure effective implementation and lasting impact.


Growth and Development | Inequality and Stratification | Politics and Social Change


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