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A Conceptual Framework for Institutional Sustainability
One piece of a larger effort to address the problem of development sustainability, sponsored by USAID's Office of Agriculture and Rural Development in the Asia/Near East Bureau (ANE). Earlier work approached sustainability inductively, reviewing relevant literature and field cases to derive a set of premises and recommendations. This paper attempts to elaborate deductively a theoretical framework that subsumes the earlier work within an integrated model that extends beyond simply systematizing existing practice. The end product aims to offer specific guidance for those involved in designing, implementing, and evaluating development activities to improve the potential for sustainability. This guidance is intended to be validated through field applications.