Technical Advisors as Brokers: Translating Gender Equality and Human Rights Policies and Values into Practice in the Water Sector in Nepal

Pamela White, Juho Haapala

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Abstract

How are development policies, prepared by donors, translated into practice in different social settings? Many modalities are used, but we consider bilateral projects to be a conduit for value change and sustainable development. Our case concerns two bilateral projects with Nepali and international technical advisors. The article discusses the complex scenario that technical advisors must navigate to broker policy ideals into practice. They must respect the intentions and regulatory and normative frameworks of the donor and recipient governments, and the local cultures and realities of the local governments and villagers with whom they work. At the same time, they promote value change in support of gender equality and human rights. This also raises the question of whose values count—those of the donor, Nepalese Government, local participants or the advisors? We argue that technical assistance has an indispensable role in facilitating sustainable, equitable and inclusive rural development outcomes in socio-culturally difficult operational environments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)643-662
Number of pages20
JournalEUROPEAN JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH
Volume31
Issue number3
Early online date23 Oct 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Development cooperation
  • Technical advisors
  • Gender equality
  • Social inclusion
  • Rural water supply
  • Human rights
  • Nepal
  • Brokers

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