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"Mirrors on the Horizon" -- on Bolivia and development

Attached is a very interesting reflection on the current situation in Boliva by Elizabeth Peredo – in particular in relation to the recent conflict around the proposed road construction through TIPNIS national park. Below her own words introducing the reflection piece:

"Today the Bolivian Plurinational Assembly has approved a new Law emerged from the national march and mobilization for protecting the TIPNIS from the construction of the big road. Hopefully, at the same time of solving peacefully the conflict, this will open a national democratic debate on development, on the kind of country we want to build, on the indigenous rights and on the political power dynamic.
I include [here] an article written some weeks ago (already translated into english) that hope will contribute to understand some tensions and challenges we are living in our country and specially the need to get an autocritical attitude to face this crisis."

A few extracts:

"TIPNIS is a national issue of the greatest significance since it reflects the kind of country we want to build, what sort of integration we hope to achieve, how we conceive of and implement projects of development, how the physical infrastructure should help the State to meet its social debts to the poorest and, at the same time, how to regain or maintain a balance with nature, defining our own relationship with private companies and big capital…"

"Where do we stand concerning this great debate? How do we harmonize (a fashionable term) our demands for the “atmospheric space” necessary for our development and, at the same time, our care for Mother Earth? What is our country’s plan to tread a balanced route between these two significant paths proposed by the Global South: the right to development and harmony with nature? Lastly, what do we understand by development? Developing for whom? How could we offer an alternative to that “development” model promoted by the Washington Consensus and its institutions benefiting powerful elites? What counterpoint can we offer?"

Download the full reflection (4 pages) here.

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