December 1999

Funding sustainability

Volume 4 , Number 4

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Funding sustainability

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Guest Editors' Article

Sustainability: the grantmaker’s paradox

1 December 1999
David Bonbright

Termed the ‘S-word’ by development consultant Alan Fowler, sustainability is a matter of great interest to all actors in the development process. For grantmakers, who naturally wish to see the activities they support continuing when their support has ended, the first step is to come to terms with a paradox: that the ideal status for a grantmaker is eventual redundancy. Sustainability is a complex and relatively new way of thinking about economic and social organization. …

 
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Editorial

Editorial – December 1999

Is this a millennium issue? The answer is mainly no but a little bit yes. Personally I don’t set great store by the millennium, and I suspect that many Alliance readers don’t either, but it does seem a symbolic moment at which to celebrate the world’s diversity – as represented on the cover of this issue – and to restate Alliance’s aim of being a truly international publication. If you feel your region is not well represented, please let me know. The millennium also seems an apt moment to start a series of major articles on the traditions and practice …