Brown Bag Series #34

Date: December 14, 2018
Time: 17:30 - 19:00
Venue: Collaboration Room 2 on the 4th Floor of the Building 18, Komaba Campus, UTokyo
Language: English

Andrea Carrión (National Institute of Higher Studies, Ecuador)
Sumak Kawsay and post-development: Dilemmas of the National Planning System of Ecuador, 2007-2017

The Constitution of Ecuador of 2008 enshrined Buen Vivir or Sumak Kawsay –the indigenous conception of the good life– as an alternative to economic growth and endorsed planning as a means to promote a rights-based approach, reverse structural inequalities and enhance productiveness. Thereafter, public policies, social services, and infrastructure projects had to abide to the National Development Plan, which became the basis for the institutional coordination of priorities, competencies, and resources. However, the expansion of the welfare State confronted budgetary constraints due to a staples economy, volatile commodity markets, disaster relief efforts, and domestic politics. This lecture explains the objectives, the processes and the dilemmas of the National Planning System of Ecuador during the “Citizens Revolution”. The presentation discusses the innovations and challenges for implementing a planning rationality in the midst of progressive governments aiming to transform the relationships between state, market, and society.