Correlation, causes and the logic of obscuration: Donor shaping of dominant narratives in Indonesia's irrigation development

D. Suhardiman, P.P. Mollinga

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)923-938
JournalJournal of Development Studies
Volume48
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • canal irrigation
  • foreign-aid
  • policy
  • philippines
  • management
  • system
  • model

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