World Bank-directed development? Negotiating participation in the Nam Theun 2 hydropower project in Laos

Singh, Sarinda (2009) World Bank-directed development? Negotiating participation in the Nam Theun 2 hydropower project in Laos. Development and Change, 40 3: 487-507. doi:10.1111/j.1467-7660.2009.01562.x

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Author Singh, Sarinda
Title World Bank-directed development? Negotiating participation in the Nam Theun 2 hydropower project in Laos
Journal name Development and Change   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0012-155X
Publication date 2009-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-7660.2009.01562.x
Open Access Status
Volume 40
Issue 3
Start page 487
End page 507
Total pages 21
Editor Paula E. Bownas
Place of publication Oxford, U.K.
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
1601 Anthropology
160101 Anthropology of Development
160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Abstract The omnipotence of the World Bank on a global scale means that it is often regarded as the most influential partner in bringing about transformations in developing countries. This article contributes to ongoing discussions of this issue by examining some effects of the Bank's participatory agenda in one of its flagship projects, the Nam Theun 2 (NT2) hydropower scheme in Laos. Critical accounts suggest that the Bank's promotion of participation in donor-dependent countries like Laos is either a guise or an imposition. These propositions are considered in two settings where participation was debated around the time of the Bank's loan appraisal for NT2: first, an international stakeholders' workshop held in Vientiane; and second, some international attempts to identify the concerns of villagers living near the NT2 dam site. In workshops and villages, participation is a negotiated performance whereby competing representations emerge through the interaction between village, state and international actors. More generally, this article shows that a grounded view of development can attend to the practices that constrain the hegemonic tendencies of the World Bank, even while maintaining awareness of the potency of its policies and interventions.
Keyword World Bank
Nam Theun 2
Hydropower project
Laos
Development
Developing countries
Negotiating participation
Donor-dependent countries
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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