Co-implementation of social impact programs supports sustainable development

Some of the best-laid plans can get tripped up in implementation, and deeply engaging beneficiaries in the implementation phase can help ease the way.  Following are benefits to co-implementation and an example.

Benefits to co-implementation 

  • Quickly anticipate potential roadblocks to implementation
  • Honor the dignity, personal agency, and talents of beneficiaries
  • Build capabilities, skills, and capacity in beneficiaries
  • Deepen partnerships with local and community leaders and members that can lead to stronger, more effective programs

An Example

A U.S.-based NGO focuses on sustainable crop irrigation in arid climates. They have a U.S.-based staff of subject-matter experts, project managers, and learning facilitators.  They also have a small office in Ethiopia and another in Mozambique. They have a program to support small rural farmers and women farmers with education, technology, and materials to develop sustainable irrigation systems.

In this case, who should facilitate the workshop?  Who should procure materials and from where/whom? Who should provide labor to build the irrigation systems? 

If the goal is truly sustainable impact, the answer to every question above lies in the local offices and communities in Ethiopia and Mozambique. Deep partnerships with beneficiaries to facilitate courses, to procure materials, and to engage and provide labor will help the program make more meaningful, sustainable impact.

Beneficiaries are the best partners for co-implementation!
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