A society has a 'topography of influence' which can create a pressure for decision-makers to follow or disregard particular actions. This component aims to understand what factors influence decision making, and develop a methodology to survey the topography of influence. It will map social relationships in two districts by combining anthropological and ethnographic methods with computer-based tools of social-network analysis (SNA). It will identify, analyze and depict established nodes and relationships within and between communities. This component will highlight how, under different conditions and environments, local social networks inform decision-making outcomes on water management and uses.
Better understanding of how decisions are made and their impact will help to challenge governments' conventional approaches to narrowly defined problems, and change what donors expect from their programs. The ICIB team seeks to understand the different factors and develop a methodology to survey the topography of influence.
A pilot on the methodology has been undertaken in Punjab, Pakistan under this component. The pilot identifies, analyses and depicts established nodes and relationships within communities and between communities, highlighting how local social networks inform decision-making outcomes on water management and uses under different conditions and environments.