I often use the metaphor of pegs and holes when talking about limits of reform in development. I argue that reforms get into trouble when the reform content (the peg) does not fit the context (the hole) and the reformers are too alone or too blind or too constrained to make a fit happen (the agent).
This is one of my favorite representations of the challenge many reformers have... It is especially relevant in the section of my course focused on 'the context'... we often have such limits to 'see' the context that it is like having a blindfold...
How do you see the context when you are so constrained?