Participation for whom?

Publication year: 
2002

This paper discusses meaningful participation in the context of Guatemala's Popular Consultation in 1999. After decades of civil war, violence and military rule the idea was to hold a national consultation to reform the constitution, as a means of implementing the country's recent peace accords. This effort was severely hampered, however, by Guatemala's immense social, economic, cultural and linguistic differences, and by the limited rights of indigenous people. The author describes a flawed process in which the national referendum process was steered by political and economic elites, all in the name of participation. The paper highlights the weakness of a participatory policy process that does not include strong elements of popular education, communication, and consciousness raising, and that fails to create an agenda rooted in public awareness, common demands, and an organised political power.

Source publication information
Journal Title: 
PLA notes
Volume: 
No. 43
Pages: 
29-30
Publisher
IIED
IIED, 3 Endsleigh Street, London WC1H ODD, UK
London
Publisher reference: 
International Institute for Environment and Development

How to find this resource

Shelfmark in IDS Resource Centre
E : Miscellaneous : RRA Notes/PLA 4348