I have different motivations for writing blogs. Often, it’s anger at the way the development business functions (or doesn’t.) Sometimes it’s to share something funny or interesting. Today, it’s because I need help.
I’m evaluating a nutrition project which aims to build the ability of the health system to better provide nutritional services to the community. The project team are smart and dedicated, but schooled in traditional ways of delivering aid. They aim for sustainability; but think of this in terms of a continuing benefit from an intervention, rather than a change in the way the system works.
For example, the project provides equipment to nutrition centres and training on how to use and maintain this equipment. They hope that this will be sustainable; the equipment will continue to be used, at least until it falls apart completely. The team don’t, however, think about who in the current system…
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