If we take a look at on Human Development, none can be completely satisfied with the outcomes of the Development Projects carried out by the Government or Non-Government agencies during the past few decades.
Neglecting the projects initiated by the former Government, different kind of new development projects functioning as Gramashakthi, Gamperaliya and similar projects have been introduced by the Present Government instead of continuing the preceding projects. Whatever the project, simply the objectives and the target groups are the same. Formerly, Janasaviya, Samurdhi movement, IRDP Projects, Line Department Projects, Dormer funded project also targeted the unprivileged social groups. Therefore we believe, it should be a fundamental matter of present development scenario to find out the causes for the failure of past projects and to learn lessons before scheduling new projects.
As an NGO with the vision of Inclusive and Vibrant Communities for Sustainable Development, we observed the outcomes achieved through former projects targeted the unprivileged groups and came across the following shortcomings.
- Non-sustainability of projects – systems are not extended towards sustainable development. In case of turning the Government or shifting the funding agency from the area, the ongoing projects also get disappeared. They have not become the community projects.
- Lack of holistic development approach in implementing the project activities.
- Most of the projects aimed infrastructure development rather than human development.
- Real participatory approach had not been followed in identifying & implementing the project.
- Lack of proper supervision.
- Definite goals have not been identified.