MOTA Webinar Series

Webinar 1: Decision Support for Strategic Planning and Implementation: The Motivation and Ability Framework

  • 21 Oct 2020
  • 09:00 - 11:00
Delft, The Netherlands (CET time zone)

This webinar is part of the Motivation and Ability (MOTA) Framework: Decision Support for Strategic Planning and Implementation. The webinars will discuss its applications and similar methods; and propose an agenda for further work. Water management professionals, policy analysts, planners and researchers are invited to participate, learn more about the MOTA framework and help shape future avenues for application, research and development.

This is the first webinar in a series of three. More info on the full webinar series can be found here.

Detailed contents

Topic 1: Introduction to MOTA

Talk 1. Introducing MOTA as tool for strategic planning support (Ho Long Phi, VNU-WACC).


Motivation and Ability (MOTA) are essential requirements for any action to start. Most planning methodologies focus on analyzing (perceived) performance of idea, alternative or option. This presentation introduces you to the Four-MOTA framework, which provides a comprehensive understanding of a cycle of any socio-economic product (tangible or intangible), starting from an idea and ending up at popularizing a solution, until another trigger appears and starts up a new cycle. The MOTA framework can be applied in many ways:

1.       MOTA provides a platform for multi-stakeholder engagement.

2.       MOTA can help assess maturity of an option under studying, forming an improvement iteration.

3.       MOTA can serve as a tool to assess comprehensiveness of a solution by multi-dimensional scope.

4.       MOTA can be helpful in designing a complex policy or a plan, which may involve multi-stakeholder and/or multi-discipline. 

Where to position MOTA in the map of available planning tools is also a topic for discussion.

Speaker: Ho Long Phi was the founder director of the center of Water Management and Climate change-HCMC National university. He is currently working as Vice-managing director at Encity, an Urban solutions provider based in Singapore and Viet Nam.

Talk 2. Early MOTA Applications for Vietnamese Mekong Plan (Nguyen Hong Quan, VNU-WACC)


In this presentation, the design and results of two MOTA applications on the Vietnamese Mekong delta Plan will be presented. We will discuss one application of MOTA that assesses the motivation and abilities of local farmers to adopt proposed strategic alternatives for livelihoods transformations in the lower Mekong delta. We will also discuss another type of MOTA application, which looks into the motivation and abilities among the supporting and implementing agencies to play their part.

The presentation is based on 2 published papers:

  1. Dorien Korbee, Hong Quan Nguyen, Leon Hermans, Ho Long Phi, 2019. Navigating the bureaucracy; an analysis of plan implementation feasibility by local government actors in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam  Journal of Environmental management and Planning.;
  2. Hong Quan Nguyen, Dorien Korbee, et al, 2019. Farmer adoptability for livelihood transformations in the Mekong delta: a case in Ben Tre province. Journal of Environmental management and Planning.


Topic 2: MOTA as an Implementation Planning Tool

Talk 3. Integrating inland fisheries into irrigated landscapes to meet development goals: Aspirations for MOTA as tool for better implementation of our programs (Lee Baumgartner, Charles Sturt University)

Performance-based approaches are failing to meet the needs for many developing countries. We provide an example of the need to integrate inland fisheries back into irrigated landscapes for countries to meet their development agendas such as SDGs. It is envisioned that MOTA will be used to better understand the way forward for better uptake and exit strategies. 

Speaker: Lee Baumgartner is a freshwater ecologist at Charles Sturt University, Australia, within the Institute for Land Water and Society. His research has been in several broad areas, including fish passage and fish migration, dietary interactions among native fish species, the impact of human disturbance on aquatic ecosystems, and currently leads several international projects on food and nutrition security.

Talk 4. MOTA the front end. The need for a strategic context analysis and understanding your situation before project implementation (John Conallin, Charles Sturt University)

A common failure of performance based projects is assuming that the country or region context is well understood and/or irrelevant to the successful implementation and institutionalisation of projects. We present a multifaceted context analysis within MOTA to gain a thorough understanding of our countries, regions and stakeholders before proceeding further in the MOTA application.

Speaker: John Conallin is a senior research fellow at Charles Sturt University, Australia within the Institute for Land Water and Society. His research focus is within IWRM, and encourages capacity building of local institutions through research with an emphasis on learning and pragmatism balanced with precision and evidence for use within decision making. 


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