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From: Planning for sustainability – Footsteps 64

How to empower people and plan for the long term

by Amanda Comish.

Photo: Jim Loring/Tearfund

Photo: Jim Loring/Tearfund

Phasing out sounds such a strange thing for an organisation to do. The term phase out refers to an organisation withdrawing their support from a project, partner, community or country. What is the best way to do this? Ending a long-term partnership can be very sad and difficult for both sides. It is particularly hard if a group has become reliant on the support provided, and faces the additional stress of finding alternative funding. Tearfund is in the process of refocusing its work and phasing out of some countries over a three-year period. Here is some of the initial learning and feedback that Tearfund has received from partners in this process:

Amanda Comish is a Programme Development Officer for Tearfund. Her address is: Tearfund, 100 Church Road, Teddington, TW11 8QE, UK. Website: 

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