The concept of sustainability in development(*) is enjoying a lot more respect than it actually deserves. That is a shame as in the long run, obsessing about sustainability is harmful to our industry. I think we should all worry less about sustainability and focus more on scale. Here is why:
(*) Just to be clear. I am not talking about getting, say, a manufacturing plant to reduce its emissions. That stuff is different and I support it 100%. I am talking about projects aimed at reducing disease burden. Alleviating poverty. Increasing education, where sustainability is a scenario where donor funding won’t be necessary anymore.