Institutional change - Institutional framework

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MeTA multi-stakeholder processes workshop for MeTA pilot countries in Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation, January 2010

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Institutional change - Institutional framework

  1. 1. 1/11/2010 MeTA Multi Stakeholder Processes Workshop for MeTA pilot Countries Ghana, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Peru, Philippines, Uganda, Zambia 7 Institutional change Institutional framework Simone van Vugt/ Karen Verhoosel Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation January 2010 Institutions Understood as the ‘rules of the game’ that make ordered social life possible. Examples of institutions: Language Taxation Currency Education system Marriage Laws Religion Policies Property rights 1
  2. 2. 1/11/2010 Institutions By definition, institutions are the more stable and permanent aspects of human systems. Many institutions have evolved without much conscious design, and they interrelate with each other in a complex network. Our lives are embedded in this highly complex web of social institutions, and we take many of them for granted, often not questioning their origin or the underlying assumptions and beliefs on which they are based. Difference Organisations Institutions Organisations: structures that have been created to take advantage of the opportunities for action provided by existing institutions, or to implement new institutions such as laws and regulations. Institutions: the rules, organisations and social norms that facilitate human and organisational action. As such institutions are essential in determining efficient, sustainable and equitable development outcomes since their functioning helps in creating trust and confidence in joint potential. 2
  3. 3. 1/11/2010 Institutions Institutional analysis What are the key institutions influencing (positively or negativel) the MeTA MSP: values, norms ; laws, policies; organisations, structures, networks; services, citizens demands, actions etc. Make an institutional map using 4 aspects of institutions (meaning, control, association, action) 3
  4. 4. 1/11/2010 Meaning – Control – Association – Action Implications for the MeTA Process – Entry points for change What are the key constraining institutions for the MeTA process? How can we change them, reduce them? What are the key supportive institutions? How can we build on them? Strengthen them? What is the scope of the MeTA process, which institutions can we influence, which can’t we? What other stakeholders do we need to bring on board to make the MeTA process work in light of this institutional context? 4
  5. 5. 1/11/2010 Thank you! © Wageningen UR 5

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