Aid Impact and Poverty Reduction by Steen Folke, Henrik Nielsen (eds.)

By Steen Folke, Henrik Nielsen (eds.)

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She however raises the question whether other factors have contributed to this positive change, whether the poverty focus has been maintained, and whether the interventions have been sustainable. These are questions which cannot be answered with a simple yes or no. Finally, in their chapters, Sharma, Nielsen and Adam take a more constructivist, actor-oriented approach, analyzing the meaning that the development intervention gives to the different groups of actors involved. Sudhindra Sharma deals with the implementation of a Finnida financed water development scheme in Nepal.

We very much agree with Mosse that producing a readymade methodology for these kinds of studies inevitably will be futile, as such a methodology will be unable to unravel the contextuality of any given development project or program. We furthermore need different tools to analyze different aspects of an activity. A development intervention necessarily operates at many different levels and scales, and is part of a more general political setting. Finally, a degree of self-reflection is very important.

By acquiring this type of water you adhere to a type of modernity brought by external sources. At the same time “traditional” water supplies are perceived as backward. This causes new forms of conflict over water resources, as access to piped water does not only mean improved water access, but also that the water users adhere to a locally contested type of modernity. The fieldwork has shown that in the process some, for example, a large group of low-caste dalits, are excluded from the new water supply.

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