Development practice is a journey where the complexity of the social world constantly challenges me to reconsider my views and constructs, and how much I take as given based on other experiences. The richness of knowledge found in individuals and groups in communities, and their tenacity in building a life that endures the enormous structural constraints existing in countries like mine, intrigues me and astounds me. Yet in our pursuit of understanding and engagement of this richness, we often strive to create boxes where people’s complex lives can be neatly packed.
Thus, with deep gratitude, I acknowledge that my curiosity and eagerness comes from my privileged exchanges with a vast spectrum of communities and individuals, and in this particular case, my eye-opening experience with the people of the District of Aguablanca and Fundación Paz y Bien. They have encouraged me to propose approaches to knowledge and capacity in development that are self-reflexive, inclusive, dialogical and enabling. This dissertation was an opportunity to further explore pathways for this.
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