My research, ‘Assessment Sustainable Livelihood’ is focused in assessing historiological trends in livelihood dynamics and diversification for residents in Goderich, a sub-urban rural community in the Western Area of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Goderich has a long history as an important fishing centre, which attracted specialist fisherfolk, transporters and traders from elsewhere in the country and beyond for decades. In addition to fishing, communities in Goderich have also been diversified by a range of livelihood activities, more so as a result of increasing population and its exposure to wide range of livelihood assets [Financial, Physical, Natural, Human and Social Capital]. The expansion and need for diversified range of livelihood have also given rise to a range of associated risks and for which people are seen to be making ways in seeking ways of adapting themselves and some of these are also threatening the sustainability of the natural environment.
Data collection process of the research will consist of two stages; the first of this is a baseline study which will involve general questionnaire survey distributed to people in the different communities comprising Goderich. The second will involve panel data study, conducted over 12 months period [three monthly intervals] and this will track variability of livelihood dynamics amongst the same set of participants in Goderich. It is hoped that the outcome will contribute meaningfully to the exploration of a more sustainable means of livelihood opportunities for people in Goderich.
Alongside my academic training, I strive to explore my research skills through publication of scholarly papers which have been published in various international journals. I also work as a senior research economist at the Bank of Sierra Leone, in the ‘Model Building and Analysis’ section; a vital role which complement my analytical ability, particularly in the use of both qualitative and quantitative applications [STATA/ EViews, SPSS and NVIVO] on which outcomes of the field research [baseline survey and panel data] will be focused. A test of my research methodology and econometrics skills will be utilised, particularly so in the combination of ‘methodological triangulation’ approach to unearthing the extent of livelihood diversification, vulnerability and coping strategies which will hopefully form part of my expected policy recommendations.