Sustainability is a loaded word. Drop it into conversation with anyone involved in global health programming, policy, or funding, and you’re likely to get a reaction. For many, it conjures up a distant future state requiring endless funding and unwavering attention. For others, it is the holy grail of international health and development, a way to end the cycle of outside funding and influence and allow local needs and priorities to serve as the catalyst for continued action.
Rabin Martin has entered the conversation on sustainability with a practical lens focused on how donors, advocates, and decision-makers can prioritize and support continued programming. Over the past two years, we’ve evaluated investments in pediatric and adolescent HIV in six countries in sub-Saharan Africa, gathering insights from those closest to the work to inform our recommendations. Our goal, along with our clients, has been to understand whether the core aspects of sustainability (government, leadership, and accountability; financing; and program capacity) are present currently and what donors, governments, and implementers can do to ensure progress is maintained for these vulnerable populations.
Over the next several months, we’ll be sharing more about our results and our approach. In July, Rabin Martin is presenting our methods abstract on the evaluation approach at the 2018 International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam (July 24 at 12:30). Join us to learn more, add your perspective, debate, and be a part of the conversation. For friends and partners who will be at IAC and would like to connect, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.