Capacity Building vs Handholding: how to avoid dependency syndrome


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Capacity Building vs Handholding: how to avoid dependency syndrome

Dear All,

Please find below an article about capacity building in WASH.

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Re: Capacity Building vs Handholding: how to avoid dependency syndrome

Dear Sibo,

This topic relates closely to one currently running in this thread. in a way one thing leads to another. In this case, the 'dependency' within the WASH sector is what leads to 'colonisation'.

Within the discussions, you will find that the argument is pointing towards a number of things including an existing 'dependency syndrome' which I feel your article addresses very well. I do however notice that your article does not touch on the financial dependency side of it, that I believe is the overarching reason for dependency in the first place. Do you have any immediate thoughts on how your work in WSUP has managed to overcome issues of financial dependency?

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Chaiwe Mushauko-Sanderse BSc. NRM, MPH
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