This research aimed to investigate the effectiveness and sustainability of Village Development Committees (VDCs) after CLP phased out of their working area and to understand the factors which contribute to VDC sustainability. The sustainability of VDCs is important to ensure that there is an institution in char areas that is committed to working towards the development of the community; to access resources and services for the char residents; and to uphold the good attitudes and practices core participants (CPs) and non-core participants (NCPs) learnt during their time with CLP.
Analyses of VDCs across CLP-2 cohorts allowed us to conclude that between 12.5% and 20.23% of VDCs are sustainable. Differences were found between active committees and non-active committees in areas such as: having a disaster response strategy; creating links with government and non-government organisations; attending trainings; having a long term vision; and ensuring the VDC is village-led rather than CLP-led. These differences allowed us to identify predictors of sustainability which, if followed, should increase the sustainability of a VDC.
Haneef, C.; Pritchard, M.; Hannan, M.; Alam, Z.; Rahman, M. A study into the effectiveness and sustainability of Village Development Committees. (2014) 73 pp.