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
Understood as the ‘rules of the game’ that make
ordered social life possible.
Examples of institutions:
Currency Education system
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
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
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
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.
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)
Meaning – Control – Association – Action
Implications for the MeTA Process – Entry points for change
What are the key constraining institutions for the
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?