Economically Sustainable Development: Practical Models for Long-Term NGO Viability

Raif Shwayri
SUNY J.W. Ryan Fellow for International Education, France

Product Details
11 Jan 2021
Emerald Publishing Limited
96 pages - 152 x 229mm
Emerald Points
Development projects, nearly always all hope and optimism at their inception, have often failed to maintain their impetus and impact in the long run. This is usually because they have failed from the outset to account for how imbalances of power, legacies of colonialism and global wealth inequalities can hamper their staying power. These hurdles have only become greater in the wake of Covid-19. 

Drawing on over twenty-seven years of experience on both the front lines and the corporate and business sides of international development, Raif Shwayri offers practical models for navigating the major structural and strategic problems currently facing the workers and organizations who strive to make significant, long-lasting changes in developing countries. Shwayri’s new models emerge from his unique insights into the limitations of common approaches to structuring and monitoring initiatives, and they emphasize the crucial importance of vocational education, collaboration with business, and higher education and research for keeping an organization fresh and focussed. 

 For its combination of industry-level analysis with insights gained from a wealth of personal professional experience, Economically Sustainable Development is a must-read not only for researchers in international development, but also for policymakers and practitioners struggling to come to terms with the state of an industry in a time of global economic crisis.
Introduction. Breaking Away from a Trickle-Down Attitude 
Chapter 1. Rely on the Locals 
Chapter 2. Think Sustainability First 
Chapter 3. Build an Integrated Plan of Action 
Chapter 4. Support Higher Education and Applied Research 
Chapter 5. Understand the Need to Structure 
Chapter 6. Choose Your Assessment Tool: M&E or ROI? 
Chapter 7. The Acid Test 
Chapter 8. Learn to Rejuvenate
Conclusion; Loudison

Raif Shwayri is a Fellow of the State University of New York with corporate and business expertise in international development. Over the past twenty-seven years, he has served as President, CEO, expert, and consultant for various international foundations, and he has worked on the front line in many developing countries.

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