de Heering, Alexandra, and Stephane Leyens (2009). "Oral History as a Method to Enhance Sustainable Human Development through the Capabilities Approach. Theoretical Assumptions and Implementation Methodology of a Development Project in rural Tamil Nadu" Paper presented at the 6th annual conference of the HDCA, 10-12 September 2009, Lima, Peru.

Our aim is to show that oral history is an interesting method to implement development projects using the Capabilities Approach (CA). We show this in three steps. First history is a necessary dimension to be taken into account in ethical reflections and hence in development strategies using the CA. Indeed an historical approach allows tackling the adaptive preference problem which is a stumbling block of the CA. Second we show how oral history as a qualitative inquiry methodology can bring possible benefits to action policy and development project. Combining CA and oral history methodology seems particularly promising in framing development projects. Third the rationale of a development project we carry out in Tamil Nadu (India) based on those theoretical assumptions is presented in order to illustrate the place oral history methodology can hold in sustainable human development projects using the CA.