1. Planning self-sustainability

With varying degrees of awareness, all development initiatives find ways to reduce or even counteract their dependence on external resources and factors that limit their ability to implement solutions relevant to their local contexts’ specific challenges, interests and needs.

Planning how to build self-sustainability is a “supra”-strategy :

– initiatives observe and evaluate who actually makes the decisions about their actions and how.

– what external factors help or hinder their performance.

– what measures help the initiatives build the foundations for a sustainable development project, reduce their dependence on external factors, resources and actors.

Planning for self-sustainability requires adopting a trans-generational approach for the initiative that assures its comprehensive character, relevance, and equitable ownership.

It also requires guaranteeing the physical and temporal mechanisms and spaces to reflect upon what that approach means for the initiative and its social objective, what has been done to achieve it, and what still needs to be worked out.

Related strategies at:

Planning self-sustainability
Supra-strategy

See also:

Trans-generational approach
Spaces and mechanisms for planning, flexibility and adaptation
 Clear mission/orientation