Design for Sustainability: Countering the Drivers of Unsustainability in Development Projects

  • Isabel Meyer Impact Advantage
  • Mario Alphonso Marais CSIR
Keywords: Development, Sustainability, Systems Approaches, Project design

Abstract

Development projects aim to make a difference in communities. Funders often require that the intervention needs to last, or that it needs to effect change that will last, over an extended period of time. In short, a sustainable difference needs to be made and this is an important measure of success.  However, there are inherent drivers in the combined system of donors and beneficiaries that counter sustainability. This article explores these drivers, and identifies project design elements that need to be in place in order to promote sustainability by countering the drivers. This approach is applied to an education project, and implications for ICT4D projects are developed.

Author Biographies

Isabel Meyer, Impact Advantage

Operations Researcher and Director of Impact Advantage.

Mario Alphonso Marais, CSIR
Principal Researcher in the CSIR Meraka Institute.
Published
2015-09-16
How to Cite
Meyer, I., & Marais, M. (2015). Design for Sustainability: Countering the Drivers of Unsustainability in Development Projects. The Journal of Community Informatics, 11(3). Retrieved from http://ci-journal.net/index.php/ciej/article/view/1169