'العربية / al-ʿarabīyah
SUSTAINING THE INTERVENTION
Beyond a Single Mobilizer
by Phil Bartle, PhD
Module Introduction (hub)
Documents Included in this Sustaining Module
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If you look again at the key words and basic concepts mentioned in Chapter One as important for you to know, you will find the word "sustainability." (It is not found in most dictionaries). How can something we put in place be made sustainable so that it stays in place?
For the community, whose goal was improved health, and objective was to construct a latrine, its concern with sustainability is in questions like, "How do we ensure the latrine will be kept clean, repaired, maintained and used?"
The answer is in ensuring community responsibility (by community participation in decision making and control) from the beginning of the project.
For you, who has put in place a social process of social change, strengthening the community, your concern with sustainability is more in questions like, "How will the community continue to take charge of its improvements, making her assessments, choosing new priorities, seeking new resources, undertaking new actions, increasing its self reliance?"
The goals of you and of the community are different but complementary. You want your intervention to be sustained. The question of sustainability is answered in how you go about your mobilization.
Your goal is not a once-and-for-all latrine, school, clinic or water supply. It is sustainable development.
This module looks at how you can make your work sustainable. Part of the answer lies in repeating the mobilization cycle itself; part of it lies in identifying and training mobilizers from within the target community.
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