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Record number 427593
Title Correlation, causes and the logic of obscuration: Donor shaping of dominant narratives in Indonesia's irrigation development
Author(s) Suhardiman, D.; Mollinga, P.P.
Source Journal of Development Studies 48 (2012)7. - ISSN 0022-0388 - p. 923 - 938.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00220388.2011.638052
Department(s) Irrigation and Water Engineering
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2012
Keyword(s) canal irrigation - foreign-aid - policy - philippines - management - system - model
Abstract This article analyses policy trends in Indonesian irrigation, particularly during the last five decades, from the perspective of dominant narratives, as authored, suggested and pushed by international donors. It argues that international donors' adherence to ‘deferred maintenance’ as the core element of irrigation policy problem framing does not match with farmers' and the irrigation agency staff perceptions and practices. The logic of obscuration and the discursive manoeuvers that maintain it are analysed. The article concludes that there is space for more profound conceptual contestation and for alternative actions pathways even within the ‘dominant paradigm’ to address management problems more effectively.
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