Global development and health professionals aspire to alleviate poverty and disease, as well as end the need for foreign assistance, by implementing projects that produce durable results. But too often these professionals admit that the progress they make does not have the enduring impact they are hoping for, particularly after donor resources have expired.
The need for more sustainable projects in the health sector has never been greater. In an effort to unpack and clarify project sustainability, Devex teamed up with Smile Train and talked to experts and leaders from five prominent development organizations working across various areas of global health.
When good ideas and solutions sputter out during a predetermined project timeline, few people win. But when a project builds dependable systems and capacity in low- and middle-income countries so people there are empowered to continue the work themselves, the results can be game-changing, according to Devex interviewees. These dynamics can be summed up in a single word: sustainability.