S D / I Sustainable Development Model 

Local Sustainability and Participatory Empowerment

- Implementation Model for Developing Countries


The S D / I approach to Sustainable Development in developing countries is based on a model of Local Sustainability and Participatory Empowerment Implementation.   

This model provides sustainable development services in areas of basic subsistence (clean water, agriculture), medical, educational, economic, technical, energy and environmental programs.


Local Sustainability – Local Sustainablity is based on working closely with the local residents to provide assistance that is appropriate to the local economic, governmental, social, educational, technological and environmental conditions.

The Local Sustainability approach results in projects that are implementable and sustainable based on local culture, conditions, and available resources.

Participatory Empowerment – Participatory Empowerment is based on extensive involvement with local residents to enable self-determination in the identification, planning, design, and implementation of the applicable project(s).

Participatory Empowerment includes an ongoing government structure to ensure fair and equitable decision making. This process is used to determine realistic needs, distribution of aid to recipients, and accountability. The local recipients must contribute resources to the extent possible to the implementation of these projects. The recipient’s implementation contribution may be in many forms including labor, materials, or direct financial contribution. 

The Participatory Empowerment approach results in projects that have a sense of ownership by the local recipients and these projects are far more likely to be successful and sustainable over the long term.


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