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2016 | 1 | 41-61

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Sustainable Development and Community Mobilization - moving through failure towards success. Experiences and revelations from three years in Zambia



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Zrównoważony rozwój i mobilizacja społeczności – od porażki do sukcesu, doświadczenia i odkrycia z trzech lat w Zambii

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In the context of sustainable development, aid, and their intersection in project planning, management, and implementation, the author seeks to share his experience, lessons learned, and thoughts on the recent history of sustainability, and the current state of sustainable developmental policy implementation in the development assistance field. These findings are based on his three years of experience working on the front lines of a grassrootsfocused development organization in Zambia, where he learned five core principles that are necessary for a clear understanding of processes which affect sustainable development implementation. The paper finds that a macro framework from the political and social actors at the national and supranational level, combined with comprehensive project design, contextualization, stronger monitoring, reporting, and evaluation mechanisms are necessary, and that emerging technologies may hold part of the answer. It also calls to attention the challenge that long term vs. short term planning cycles pose to sustainability.






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