The Springfield Centre, November 2016

This paper re-examines the use of the term ‘sustainability’ in development and the consequences of its frequent misinterpretation. It argues for a reconsideration of sustainability to foreground the long-term impacts of development interventions on poor people at the expense of looser notions of on-going intervention or global environmental goods.

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Who Wants to Give Forever? Sustainability and Development Assistance, Journal of International Development, Vol 26, Issue 8, start page 1181, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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