Presentation on theme: "CSA Lessons and Challenges Carlos Sojo FLACSO Making Macro Social Analysis Work for Policy Dialogue. Social Development Department. The World Bank, May."— Presentation transcript:
CSA Lessons and Challenges Carlos Sojo FLACSO Making Macro Social Analysis Work for Policy Dialogue. Social Development Department. The World Bank, May 16-19 2006 Washington DC.
Contents Social science and social knowledge A case for CSA Discussing WB CSA Challenges for CSA
Social science and social knowledge We still need social scientist? Decreasing enrollment in social sciences at public universities. The tension between applied science and critic theory. The TWTP Syndrome: the conflict between sound and sustainable scientific research vs. Consultancy work. The neo empirism: knowledge = data. Real cooperation and synergies. Institutional, human resources, sharing methods and findings.
A Case for CSA Beyond specialization: it is possible, and will be neccesary for increase development policies, to have comprehensive assesment of a given society, but… Starting with a flexible and context sensitive framework. Looking for the differences not the regularities. Discussing on participative basis the basic variables of each national case. Selecting an issue that could be integrated with other specific and sector oriented diagnosis.
Discussing the WB CSA Good selection of key entry points: inequalities (via social diversities) and power (via institutions). The macro level: moves beyond projects or group related analysis. Include a sound long term assestment: history matters. Objective and timing: Knolewdge intensive, ideally comming before other instruments like CAS, PRSP, IGR, GA, etc. The CSA will improve the understanding of a countrys social context, and how social, political end cultural factors influence the opportunities and constraints to more equitable, inclusive development and better governance.
Challenges for CSA Maintaining the macro particularities (value added to other group specific or sectorial analysis). Consolidate multidisciplinary and cualitative approaches (non income inequalities and power relations are difficult to quantify). Intensive use of the local scientific resources (breaking the cultural and languages barriers). Focus on long term processes rather than current events or crisis. Building country based knowledge networks beyond the traditional consultancy based relations. Understand the linkages between national problems and transnational dimensions.