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Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Politics of Reform (in Diagrams)


It's raining today in Perth, heavy with a hailstorm occurring around 6am.  Home but still working.  Around 830am, I started off, using the back of the May 2011 calendar. There I developed the mother framework.  Since Roxanne advised that Matt would want the rest of the calendar because of its lovely Chinese drawings, had to use plain bond paper for additional markings and taped them accordingly on whatever available white space there is on the wall.  That's a glimpse of my working desk, with a jug of water on the right and 2 separate mugs for hot water and tea or coffee.  Liquids are far from the pc to prevent any mishap of water splashing over it.
The diagrams had to be in pencil to be amenable to erasures and yes, corrections. The mind has to be translated in lead black and white.
By 330pm, the diagrams looked like this.

The central framework contains the key actors in concentric relations and placement: the core being urban poor households, the urban poor organizations where they belong, the urban poor federation under which these organizations are affiliated and the City Government that administers the program. These actors and relations are part of the Politics of Reform.

Mapped out the Kaantabay program in its explicit policy objectives (right) and implicit political objectives (left). Here I suggest the study of development impact to look into how well policy objectives have been met.  Beyond impact, however, the subsequent analyses, combined with the study of political objectives and its effects on tenure reform is covered under the study of development effectiveness.  Development impact and development effectiveness are therefore inseparable in the study of Kaantabay.

The overall methodological approach is Structural Political Economy which looks into power relations and the varying access to and control of resources.  In my study, the relevant threads to this structural approach are the literature on social capital formation and mobilization, the institutional models behind participation and contestation, and development effectiveness which looks into politics as a key factor in development and arena for engagement.
Still, the mother question is this.
right now, i feel i'm on stasis. i want to read on, nervous and insecure, about the strength of this framework. knowing though that i need to write, the remaining section on chapter 5 on Kaantabay's formalization process and the resulting formal and informal structures in assisted sites.  dai man mapagsabay pero pareho dai pwedeng limanan. ano na daw gigibuhon ko?

1 comment:

LIGHTWORKER said...

This is very good lightworker....the discipline to develop your thoughts and putting them in diagrams is remarkable...keep it up my sweet!