OUR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT CONCEPT

Our Concept of Sustainable Development:

 

The concept of sustainable development means providing a balance between economic, social and environmental requirements in order to secure “meeting the needs of the existing generation without endangering the ability of the future generations to meet their own needs”.

 

For us at Sustainable Development Community e. V. sustainability means the continuation of project activities and sustenance of project outcomes after the initial/primary grant expires.

The three aspects of sustainability:

In order for us to deliver positive outcome in the absence of primary funding, we consider the following aspects of sustainability:

  1. Financial sustainability: It refers to ensuring a steady flow of funds and generating revenue for maintaining and continuing the organizations work.
  2. Institutional Sustainability/Organizational: It refers to ensuring proper working of our organization and institutions that were developed as part of the project.
  3. Programmatic Sustainability: It means to continue the organizations projects and programme in the absence of donor support.

How we ensure Sustainability?

OUR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT CONCEPT

„Education is the key to empowerment and sustainability, Education is a right which is the key to the rest of the rights of life in society. Education is the key to social justice.“

 

– Kailash Satyarthi

The Three Pillars of Sustainability:

 

In 2005, the World Summit on Social Development identified three core areas that contribute to the philosophy and social science of sustainable development. The Brundtland Commission described it as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. We must consider the future then, in making our decisions about the present.

Economic Development:

 

This is the issue that proves the most problematic as most people disagree on political ideology what is and is not economically sound, and how it will affect businesses and by extension, jobs and employability (2, p4). It is also about providing incentives for businesses and other organisations to adhere to sustainability guidelines beyond their normal legislative requirements. Also, to encourage and foster incentives for the average person to do their bit where and when they can; one person can rarely achieve much, but taken as a group, effects in some areas are cumulative. The supply and demand market is consumerist in nature and modern life requires a lot of resources every single day (6); for the sake of the environment, getting what we consume under control is the paramount issue. Economic development is about giving people what they want without compromising quality of life, especially in the developing world, and reducing the financial burden and “red tape” of doing the right thing.

 

Social Development

 

There are many facets to this pillar. Most importantly is awareness of and legislation protection of the health of people from pollution and other harmful activities of business and other organisations. It is also about maintaining access to basic resources without compromising the quality of life.

Environmental Protection

 

We all know what we need to do to protect the environment, whether that is recycling, reducing our power consumption by switching electronic devices off rather than using standby, by walking short journeys instead of taking the bus. Businesses are regulated to prevent pollution and to keep their own carbon emissions low. There are incentives to installing renewable power sources in our homes and businesses. Environmental protection is the third pillar and to many, the primary concern of the future of humanity. It defines how we should study and protect ecosystems, air quality, integrity and sustainability of our resources and focusing on the elements that place stress on the environment (6). It also concerns how technology will drive our greener future; the EPA recognized that developing technology and biotechnology is key to this sustainability, and protecting the environment of the future from potential damage that technological advances could potentially bring (1).