ADAS works to ensure that that the institutions supported through projects and the benefits realized are maintained and continue after the end of the project


In order to effectively operationalize the concept of sustainability, we must move beyond  the current focus on institutions to take a number of other dimensions of sustainability into account. Consideration of each is critical, due to the fact that they not only reflect different outcomes, but they also come to the fore at different stages of the project cycle

 In order to ensure project sustainability we consider four essential dimensions:

  1. Institutional sustainability functional institutions will be self-sustaining after the project ends
  2. Household and community resilience – resilient communities are readily able to anticipate and adapt to change through clear decision-making processes, collaboration, and management of resources internal and external to the community.
  3. Environmental sustainability – an environmentally sustainable system must maintain a stable resource base, avoid overexploitation of renewable resources and preserve biodiversity.


  1. Structural change – the structural dimensions of poverty are addressed through the empowerment of poor and marginalized rural households. Most internal discussions of the sustainability of programmes have focused on institutional sustainability. The objective is to leave a legacy of functional institutions that will be self-sustaining once the project ends.

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Following a detailed internal review, the African Development Association (ADAS) has refocused its work to facilitate WASH, cookstoves, climate change and renewable energy projects and initiatives especially for last mile and rural communities and to support community resilience in the affected parts of Cameroon, S.W. Chad, S.E. Niger, N.E. Nigeria and CAR; and to partner with organizations and communities on action research on climate change and fostering sustainable development. We will do this through our flagship programmes for 2020 to 2023: