Sustainability and Implementation Success

Oftentimes the latest ICTs are not the best solutions to implement, it is not uncommon for program developers to overlook older more tested and more supported ICTs in the name of being “high tech.”

Prospective ICTs should be measured against original project goals. Does the ICT fulfill the given need?

The sustainability of a particular ICT has technical, social, and administrative dimensions.

Key Sustainability Questions:
  1. Can the ICT applications be supported adequately by local personnel?

  2. Are there sufficient stakeholders (of the ICT) within the project? Have the stakeholders contributed and/or assisted in the implementation of the ICT?

  3. Will the implemented ICT infrastructure and systems increase the capacity of the sites and bring contributions to the local professionals?

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