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Moving from adaptive to transformative capacity: building transformative capacity through youth, local government and an informal economy-based community currency

Aim: In this paper, we argue that in order to achieve deliberate transformation a new type of capacity is required that goes beyond adaptive capacity. We develop the idea of transformative capacity and illustrate how it has been built across levels and sectors in the BM. 


To argue for deep adaptive or transformative capacity as a precondition for deliberate transformation.

Illustrate how transformative capacity can be build as a precondition for deliberate


Intro (800)

-       deliberate transformation

o   def and position, ongoing process  - don’t become transformed

o   partner state, ethical economy, engaged citizenry

o   seeds of transformation –localisation


-       adaptive capacity

o   deep ac/tc

o   annas doc – adaptive and generative capacity

o   need capacity for non-linear

-       developing country context/global south/increasing urbanization

o   informal economy

-       overview of paper


Moving from adaptive capacity to transformative capacity (1200)

rethink framing

- components of transformative capacity
building from adaptive capacity literature and transformation writing


SC – capital (Putnam, Adger)

Agency – Frère, dependency passive

Life support – SES/Planetry boundaries –exclusionary language, awareness of and disconnect (urban area disconnect), donut


Multi-level and cross-sectoral


Methodology/Approach/Case study (1200)

BM context – rural/agric towns


The choice of our entry points/spheres as tapping in to inequality.  Informal economy as


Project overview

-       components (youth, gov, econ)

TD/Action research

-       approach – surveys, qualitative, visits