Project beneficiary participation and behavioural intentions promoting project sustainability: The mediating role of psychological ownership

Deribe Assefa Aga, Niels Noorderhaven, B. Vallejo

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It is of great importance that development projects (especially those projects that target improving the livelihood of rural communities) continue to deliver their intended benefits over their intended economic life – we call this ‘project sustainability’. Applying an experimental design, our study reveals that active involvement of project beneficiaries during the needs assessment and planning stages has a significant positive influence on the behavioural intentions of the project beneficiaries toward project sustainability. Our study also finds that psychological ownership plays a mediating role in the relationship between project beneficiary participation and project sustainability. Implications for project sustainability and directions for future research are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)527-546
JournalDevelopment Policy Review
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018



  • community participation
  • project sustainability
  • psychological ownership

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