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The Sustainability of Aid: The Case of the Vi Agroforestry Programme
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The poor record of aid operations after the withdrawal of donor support has led to an increasing interest in the topic of sustainability of aid. Making a contribution to this growing topic, the thesis examines the sustainability of the development work carried out by the Vi Agroforestry Programme (VIAFP) around Lake Victoria. By combining an interview study and a policy analysis, the research uses the practice of phasing out support and the experience during the latter (extensive) phase of the Programme as indicators for sustainability.

The results show that (1) the coherent and flexible methodology of phasing out support, (2) the emergence of community-based and non-governmental organisations that take over VIAFP’s work after the withdrawal of its staff, (3) the examples of organisational learning that improved the practice of the Programme, and (4) farmer groups overcoming the challenges during the extensive phase, are strong signs of sustainability.

However, further attention and work from the Programme is required when it comes to its role after terminating support, the financial sustainability of emerging organisations, women’s rights and the lack of carrying out any research after phasing out support to communities. Finally, the thesis highlights the practices within the Programme that increase its sustainability, as well as recommendations for further improvement.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 25 p.
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 98
Keyword [en]
Sustainability of Aid, Vi Agroforestry Programme, Phase-out, Sustainable Development, International Development
National Category
Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-191690OAI: diva2:586113
Subject / course
Sustainable development
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
2012-09-10, Smaland, Department of Earth Science, Villavägen 16, 75236, Uppsala, 09:00 (English)
Life Earth Science
Available from: 2013-01-11 Created: 2013-01-11 Last updated: 2013-01-11Bibliographically approved

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