Good news: Kudos to these self-Sustainability Catalyst organizations looking at real self-sustainbility of project activities. They are doing this by designing and assessing with project participants.

Here are the Catalyst organizations who value sustainability so much they design projects with participants use their own funds to ValueVoices and learn from what was sustainable.  Not that there isn’t more to learn, there is, and programming can be improved, but these offer a great start!

Bad news: some are massive organizations that have done only a handful of post-project evaluations (or made only some public).

* Asian Development Bank post-project synthesis (desk study) and while no post-project evaluations, they have final evaluations up to 10 years later, e.g. Nepal Hydro project.

* Canada’s CIDA desk study on Mali 

* EDC Impact of Radio Instruction on Education in Zanzibar (to be reviewed, 2015)

* European Commission on Transport (to be reviewed) and European Union on Rural Development (2012), Nano-Technologies (2011) and an 2018 treasure trove of ex-posts

* Federation of the Red Cross/ Red Crescent/ Ethiopian Red Cross: Valuing Voices research on sustainability: ERCS Tigray’s Food Security program and blogs on self-sustainability at final evaluation and trade-offs during impact 

* Germany’s KfW Bank has mostly desk studies but interesting measures on programs in 11 countries

* Government of Australia on Stronger Families

* Interamerican Development Bank, a few ex-posts

* Japan’s JICA, who we consider the world leader in ex-post evaluation, about 200, including these on water: Philippines and Vietnam and a eval overview

* The Government of Nepal and UK Aid (Koshi Hills)

* OECD, 200 evaluations (!) of partner countries, albeit mostly ending research with partners, not participants

* OXFAM Myanmar Resilience

* USAID Food For Peace’s evaluation of Bolivia, Honduras, India and Kenya in 2015 and a Uganda (2014, to be reviewed) … otherwise only desk studies and requests for ex-posts on Development Experience Clearinghouse

* USAID Microlinks Zambia and Cambodia (both 2016)

* US CARE Zanzibar


* US Catholic Relief Services CRS/ Ethiopia (2004), CRS/Niger (2015) and CRS Country X (approval pending, 2016)

* US Inter-American Foundation (part of US Governemtn) – 30 post-project evaluations

* US Lutheran World Relief (Niger, 2013)

* US Mercy Corps  MILK Program in Niger and Community Recovery in Central Asia

* US PACT and Nepal

* US Partners for Democratic Change 

* US Plan International: Kenyan Livelihood Project and one from the Philippines (to be evaluated)

* US PCI Bolivia (to be reviewed)

* West African Development Bank – 4 projects (Benin, Mali, Senegal, to be reviewed)

* World Bank Nigeria Fadama Project and two other projects in India and Kenya

TOTALS: 26 organizations are sustainabilty catalysts… 30+ post-project sustainabiltiy evaluations in our database and in total 370 publicly available sustainability evaluations worldwide so far.

Notably some key international development players are missing any field-based expost evaluation: US’ Millennium Challenge Corporation, UK’s DFID, Canada’s CIDA, Norway’s NORAD, Sweden’s SIDA, Australia’s DFAT and Asia’s ADBank, among others.

Please contact us if you’d like to have your ex-post/ post-project featured or if we can evaluate a new one for you!

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