Blessed are the Spacemakers: Constructing Peace and Peace Processes in Conflictual Situations, a Case Study of Guatemala 1976-1996

March 1996 | Tom Lent

“I DONT THINK ANY OF US SHOULD WORK IN DEVELOPMENT WITHOUT HAVING THIS BOOK AND READING IT.”

– Distinguished Prof. Robert Chambers

Time to Listen┬árepresents the cumulative evidence of five years gathering evidence from people living in societies that are recipients of international aid. CDA’s Listening Project organized teams of “listeners” across 20 countries and contexts to gather the voices, insights, and lessons from people both inside an outside the aid system. This publication represents the lessons that have come forth through conversations with nearly 6,000 people. Using their words, their experiences, and their ideas, we describe why the cumulative impacts of aid have not met expectations and describe a way forward to make changes that, according to those on the receiving end, will lead to more effective results.

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