Influence of different discourses on the outcomes of development policies and projects: Insights from water project implementation in Nepal

Juho Haapala*, Marko Keskinen

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Abstract

This study develops a systematic, participatory research method to study the impacts of different discourses on the outcomes of development policies and projects. The method visualizes relationships between key project discourses, enabling comparisons to be made between stated and actual discourses, and recognition of mutual synergies or inconsistencies among the discourses. Case study analysis of a rural water resources management project in Nepal demonstrates the ways in which individual responses from project specialists, combined together, lead to distinct hierarchical groups and clusters of discourses that reflect the day-to-day ways in which policies and projects are implemented. The paper discusses the ways in which project and organizational management could utilize the analysis in project planning, team formation, monitoring and supervision to meet external policy requirements, fit with local realities, and improve policy and project outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-152
Number of pages12
JournalEnvironmental Policy and Governance
Volume28
Issue number3
Early online date23 Feb 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Development cooperation
  • Development intervention
  • Nepal
  • Policy analysis
  • Project management
  • Rural development
  • Water resources management

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