8 Prince Julius S.,
Alfred K. Neumann, and William Haven NorthThis chapter takes a broad look at sustainability and the value of a
flexible approach to program development by analyzing an interrelated
group of five health sector projects. The Danfa Projects group revolved
around the Danfa Comprehensive Rural Health and Family Planning
Project that was carried out from 1968 to about 1984. (Danfa is a
village-sized rural community located about 10 miles north of the Accra, Ghana, city limits. It was the location of the teaching health center that
served as a principal field focus of the administration and organization
of the project). All of the Danfa Projects group continues in varying
degrees to the present in spite of a lengthy intervening period of project
retardation and interruption concomitant with extreme political unrest
and economic hardship. A three-tier model of sustainability, which
presents sustainability as a long-term process of program management
and evolution and which examines sustainability from several host
country perspectives, is proposed by the authors.Keys to sustainability in these projects are:
Sustainability of the Danfa Ghana
Group of Health Projects:
A 26-year Overview
|building on Ghanaian ideas and on strengthening the existing institutional
|collaborative planning and organization, minimization of project "compartmentalization," and maximizing intersectoral approaches, from the very
|initiating early, and continuing throughout the collaboration, a process of free
and open consultation and technical assistance on request;|
|project-linked manpower training and development;|
|development of managerial expertise;|
|significant resource contributions from both sides of the partnership;|
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Book title: Sustainable Development in Third World Countries:Applied and Theoretical Perspectives.
Contributors: Valentine Udoh James - Editor.
Place of publication: Westport, CT.
Publication year: 1996.
Page number: 102.
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