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Lessons learned on project sustainability - joint presentation (Qaim Shah)

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    Lessons learned on project sustainability - joint presentation (Qaim Shah) Lessons learned on project sustainability - joint presentation (Qaim Shah) Presentation Transcript

    •  Annual performance review  WORKSHOP 1-4 March 2009 Bangkok, Thailand
      • Introduction
      • Sustainability is defined as the continuation of benefits from a development intervention after major development assistance has been completed.
      • Sustainability is concerned with results, i.e. impact and outcomes rather than activities and delivery mechanisms.
      • The IFAD Strategic Framework 2007-2010 explicitly identifies the achievement of sustainability as one of the organization’s six principles of engagement for country programmes and projects
      • Elements of Sustainability
      • Environmental – productivity conserved/ enhanced
      • Social – Participatory/Equitable
      • Economic – Beneficiaries befit from project activities
      • Institutional – institutions continue to perform support functions
      • Sustainability Performance
      • Social Sustainability – Social Mobilisation as means - vs Social mobilisation as an end – NOT SUSTAINABLE
      • Financial and Fiscal Sustainability- Mixed: Economic activities are expected to provide sustainable economic and financial benefits to participants. However these depend on the quality of social mobilisation . Public infrastructure projects are at risk because of government’s capacity to maintain them effectively
      • Institutional Sustainability - Absence of exit strategy for post Project arrangement. Time-bound arrangements for implementation vs permanent mainstream institutions as implementing partners
      • Causes
      • common causes of poor sustainability relate both to design and to implementation
        • lack of focus on phasing-out/exit strategies
        • short project implementation periods
        • Implementation emphasis on activities and delivery rather than on impact and outcomes.
        • Time bound implementation arrangements and mechanisms
      • The Way Forward
      • On the basis of lessons learned to date, IFAD is implementing a number of direct measures to improve the sustainability of its projects and programmes .
        • Design for sustainability - Sustainability/or exit strategy should be included in design and implemented right from the outset.
        • move away from time-bound organisations to permanent mainstream institutions as implementing partners
        • Strengthen implementation support for social mobilisation