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My recent paper for SfAA, "Opium Poppy Cultivation in Central Helmand, Afghanistan: A Case Study in Bad Program Management", outlines my primary focus these days. All comments appreciated. In the rec…

My recent paper for SfAA, "Opium Poppy Cultivation in Central Helmand, Afghanistan: A Case Study in Bad Program Management", outlines my primary focus these days. All comments appreciated.

In the recent panels on "Working with Government Agencies" it was surprising to learn that no one attending apparently had ever heard of the Social Soundness Analysis that was a required part of all USAID project papers, at least in Asia, through at least the 1980s. Anyone out there ever heard of it?
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Comment by Kate Gillogly on June 4, 2007 at 10:13pm
Strangely enough, no I haven't, and I studied opium control projects in Thailand.

Tell us more!

Heard your talk at the SfAAs and it was interesting. Quite different ecological and economic conditions from northern Thailand, leading to opium poppy being incorporated into life in rather different ways with co-varying consequences.

Kate
Comment by Riall Nolan on June 5, 2007 at 11:36am
Sure, I've heard of it. Heck, many of us got into the development anthropology business by doing 'em. Michael Horowitz, Glynn Cochrane (both anthropologists), and others developed them and got the agencies to require them. I'm shocked -- shocked -- that you're drawing blank stares with this question.

SSAs were the primary vehicle for getting qualitative social science into project and program planning. Any old-timer can tell you about how they worked and occasionally didn't work. You can also look 'em up in the IDA publications, my book on Development Anthropology, or just about any serious account of development anthropology (as opposed, for example, to postmodern 'critiques' of development, which probably never heard of them, either). Maybe that's the problem.

Riall Nolan

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