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close this bookSustainable Development and Persons with Disabilities: The Process of Self-Empowerment (ADF, 1995, 117 p.)
close this folderSection II: Building economic self-reliance
close this folderChapter 7: Implementation and resource mobilisation
View the document(introduction...)
View the documentSustainability
View the documentResource mobilisation
View the documentRunning an enterprise
View the documentSome case studies of projects run by PWDs
View the documentAction guidelines
View the documentAppendix 1: Revolving loan scheme (RLS)
View the documentAppendix 2: The Entebbe workshop resolution con RLS


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.