Delivering on the promises of wellbeing? Traidcraft exchange’s experiment with measuring wellbeing

Mark Adams, George Williams

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Abstract

Improvements in “wellbeing” are frequently cited as the ultimate objective of “development”. Efforts to operationalise wellbeing quickly turn to discussions of definition, assessment, and measurement. This article describes Traidcraft Exchange’s ten-year work to assess changes in wellbeing resulting from their interventions. We outline the conceptual model Traidcraft adopted, how it was adapted, and how it has delivered on core promises of wellbeing. We explore how differing priorities influenced implementation and results. An explicit focus on wellbeing promises more complete information and positive, empowering, person-centred “development”. Achieving both ambitions requires clear objectives and has implications for the methods and processes used.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)694-705
Number of pages12
JournalDevelopment in Practice
Volume32
Issue number5
Early online date20 Jan 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • decolonising aid
  • INGOs
  • monitoring evaluation and learning (MEL)
  • person-centred development
  • Wellbeing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development

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