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Rhodes University (2019)

Developing social indicators for the evaluation of natural resource management programmes using a capability approach in the Eastern Cape, South Africa

Human, Johanna Susanna

Titre : Developing social indicators for the evaluation of natural resource management programmes using a capability approach in the Eastern Cape, South Africa

Auteur : Human, Johanna Susanna

Université de soutenance : Rhodes University

Grade : MASTER OF EDUCATION (ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION) 2019

Résumé partiel
The dissertation investigates how the capability approach can be used to develop social indicators for a natural resource management (NRM) programme. The study aimed to develop an understanding of what the beneficiaries of the programme value being and doing to guide the development of social indicators that will take into consideration their personal development aspirations. These valued beings and doings were then overlaid with the programme goals and objectives to identify and select the final indicators. The study was situated in the Tsitsa catchment in the Eastern Cape, South Africa and was part of a natural resource management programme, focused on land restoration and avoided degradation. Methods used to collect data for this study and develop an understanding of what the residents’ valued beings and doings were, included semi-structured interviews, workshops and document analysis. The research population was non-homogenous. I tried to include voices representing different prominent groups of land users in the study. This included established commercial farmers, emerging commercial farmers, commercial forestry, residents residing in communal areas and engaged with subsistence farming and residents from these communal areas who are now residing elsewhere but continue to have connections to the catchment. Understanding the voices of these different groups who reside in the catchment was important to develop an inclusive understanding of what residents of the catchment valued beings and doings were. The research process was supported by participatory approaches. This process, and the lessons learnt during the research process, were valuable for the further development and implementation of the planned participatory monitoring evaluation reflection and learning (PMERL) framework.

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