The way development projects are designed is very much donor driven. Development NGOs build projects according to what the RFA is asking them and they end up sometimes finding out that the situation on the ground is very different, that they do not have the resources they thought, or that the technical solution they are implementing does not work in that context.
We know when a project fails. But it's harder to know when a project is successful. Sure, there's the M&E stuff - but does anyone take notice of that? There's plenty of occasions when donors have pulled the plug on projects that look wonderful according to the statistics and testimonials by those who supposed to be benefiting. But perhaps its useful to look beyond the funder, and explore why projects fail.
Internews is implementing the Youth LINC (Linking Innovators Who Network for Change) project in partnership with Youth Initiative for Human Rights Bosnia and Herzegovina, a leading youth NGO based in Sarajevo.