To support lasting project and sustainability, we build local capacity and promote true stakeholder engagement.
We are committed to capacity building for staff, partners, and beneficiaries to ensure they gain access to the skills, knowledge, technology, and know-how they need to improve their lives during and after the project. Through training of trainers, especially, we ensure this institutional knowledge doesn’t stay in the hands of a few, but is replicated and scaled up. We also provide grant support and technical assistance to partners and counterparts, and strengthen key functions of local organizations.
Our partners, counterparts, and beneficiaries on the ground are the ones who sustain projects’ benefits once these projects close. Over the years, Chemonics has worked with local counterparts to devise project sustainability mechanisms, including creating strong associations, networks and coalitions, facilitating public-private partnerships, using innovative community mobilization approaches, promoting low cost and low maintenance technologies and incorporating cost recovery mechanisms into project operations.
Bolivia Rural Competitiveness Activity (2005-2012)
The Bolivia Rural Competitiveness Activity (ARCo) strives to improve economic viability of smallholder producers through technical assistance, training, and the strategic use of its grants program. These businesses help generate income and employment, thus ensuring their sustainability and improving the living conditions of producers and their communities. The project has introduced a training of trainers (TOT) initiative to strengthen the capacity of local technical advisors so they can improve their services to smallholder producers. The goal is that the technical advisors receiving the training will in turn train additional groups, strengthening their ability to manage basic production and sales data. To date, the project has trained about 30 technical advisors, and these 30 should in turn be able to train up to 540 producers.
Pivotal to the success and sustainability of the project is the client’s own investment in the business opportunity. ARCo uses a “producer-led management approach” that empowers producers and producer associations to take ownership and run their own businesses, manage project grant funds, and invest their own funds. In addition, the project creates alliances with larger local cooperatives and associations that take leadership in supporting smaller producers and serve as a link to export markets.