The Social Sciences

Year: 2008
Volume: 3
Issue: 6
Page No. 467 - 472

Poverty, Household Strategies and Coping with Urban Life: A Look at the Livelihood Framework in Lagos, Nigeria

Authors : Philip O. Sijuwade

Abstract: The livelihood framework suggests that poverty is not only a product of material deprivation but of a set of interlocking factors, including physical weakness, social isolation, vulnerability and powerlessness. This study aims to explain how the poor cope with the Nigerian urban life through their household strategies in reference to livelihood framework. Data were collected from 400 urban poor living in 3 different neighborhoods in Lagos, Nigeria by using a structured questionnaire. The study reveals that the poor face extreme poverty and vulnerability in terms of their economic and social conditions and cope with these adverse situations having adopted different strategies in their household to survive in the city as they have limited access to the existing economic and social systems.

How to cite this article:

Philip O. Sijuwade , 2008. Poverty, Household Strategies and Coping with Urban Life: A Look at the Livelihood Framework in Lagos, Nigeria. The Social Sciences, 3: 467-472.

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