|Sustainable Development and Persons with Disabilities: The Process of Self-Empowerment (ADF, 1995, 117 p.)|
|Section II: Building economic self-reliance|
|Chapter 7: Implementation and resource mobilisation|
Sustainability was defined by the participants at the Entebbe Disability Workshop as:
The successful and/or profitable continuation of
activities/projects without depending on external funding.
It was noted that in order to achieve sustainability of the projects, the following should be considered.
· Strengthening managerial capacities through specific training;
Three particular barriers to sustainability of
projects run by PWDs were highlighted at the Entebbe Workshop:
· Poor management of resources;
· Lack of proper management systems/structures;
· Dependence syndrome, which is the tendency to depend too much on external resources.
· Identification of PWDs' limitations and finding appropriate means to overcome them;
· Mobilising adequate funds and locally available resources;
· Saving from existing incomes: the PWDs, their families and the community must be educated on saving skills in order to sustain and expand on their projects [e.g. Karusandara Mixed Farming in Uganda where 20% of the profits were put into a saving scheme];
· Sensitizing the project beneficiaries about project ownership and contribution to project to avoid donor dependence syndrome; and
· Sensitizing the beneficiaries about transparency, especially when it comes to financial management.