Reactions from Book Launches

Time to Listen is on tour in Europe! Dayna has just returned from London and Germany where she made presentations to ALNAP members and others in London and joined Mary B. Anderson for presentations to BMZ staff and FriEnt members in Germany. Mary also spoke to EWED/Bread for the World staff in Germany and is continuing the “tour” speaking with NGOs, donors and others in Copenhagen, Oslo, and Stockholm this week.

During the presentation of the findings from Time to Listen at the Overseas Development Institute in London, which was hosted by ALNAP, Dayna gave a succinct, but thorough rundown of the major take aways from the book. In particular, she laid out the differences between what we’re calling the “Externally Driven Aid Delivery System” and the “Collaborative Aid System.”

Here’s a few responses from the other panel members:

“The consistency across the feedback is striking and we can’t ignore it.” Wendy Fenton, HPN Coordinator

“Organizations don’t like uncertainty…what this book is asking us to do is frightening.” Sean Lowrie, Director of the Consortium of British Humanitarian Agencies

“[This book] is very comprehensive, very deep, and it’s full of insight.” John Mitchell, Director of ALNAP

On Monday, there was an article on IRIN News, published by OCHA capturing more of the findings and the discussion.