NEWSIS THIS 'SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT'?2008-12-11
In Zimbabwe's current state of crisis, long-term capacity building alone is generally empty if not accompanied by short-term assistance. There is no point in advising people to boil their water if there is no fuel with which to boil it, or offering seed and fertiliser when the people will starve before the harvest. People can only be 'empowered' if they have water, food, shelter and health.
We therefore pledge to continue to focus on long-term sustainable initiatives and networking with other agencies to provide aid wherever possible, and to accompany this where necessary with short-term assistance up to a maximum of 10% of our income, ensuring that:
- it is accompanied by longer-term initiatives (e.g. water tablets for now + guttering to harvest rainwater in the longer term + working to improve infrastructure)
- it is clearly understood that it is short-term, with the expectation that the community puts in longer-term measures to replace it
- other options have been exhausted to the best of our knowledge at the time
- it is done in partnership and consultation with the community
This short-term assistance is currently a necessary part of carrying out our mission.
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