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Arbie Baguios | 13-02-2014 19:30 | Category: Activism, Human rights, Developing World
Here is a video that will truly force anyone who’s ever called for “sustainable development,” particularly those of us who belong to the Church of Aid, to take a long, hard look at ourselves, and make us examine whether we’re doing what we’re doing right.
There You Go! is a short animated film created by Oren Ginzburg and narrated by the British comedian David Mitchell for Survival International – a global organization that “champions tribal peoples around the world” and help them “defend their lives, protect their lands, and determine their own futures.”
It depicts two men with questionable intentions setting out into a jungle to bring “sustainable development” to a tribal community. When they discover that these people are within themselves already sustainable, they resort to bringing them “just development” instead.
The narrative, then, begins to sound like the many annual reports you would hear being delivered across board rooms of INGO headquarters all over the world – a discussion on the “challenges” of implementing things like “participatory community project building,” “income generating activities,” and “empowerment.”
It ends in that typical ‘lessons learned’ style, where the development workers tout their supposedly successful “multi-stakeholder cross-disciplinary approach” and “innovative private sector partnerships,” despite having left the tribal community in complete and utter shamble.
The video reveals the sinister agenda of some development work, particularly those which are targeted at tribal communities that are often seen as ‘backward’ or ‘uncivilized’ - some call it the “development bloat.” (Click the article to read more)
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Arbie Baguios | 27-12-2013 16:30 | Category: Fundraising, Developing World
In contrast to the recipients of the Rusty Radiator Awards, which features some of the year’s most poorly thought-of non-profit advertising – often portraying negative stereotypes of people and places from countries that receive aid – Oxfam GB has just launched their “Lift Lives” campaign. Their Facebook page states, “Ending poverty isn’t about handouts - it’s about changing lives forever.”
Conventional notions of aid and charity have been challenged on numerous occasions. But perhaps, at a time of economic uncertainty and austerity, many international NGOs are reluctant to change the tone of their ads that appeal to negative emotion (like sadness or pity), given that this is an effective strategy when it comes to fundraising.
The “Lift Lives” campaign by Oxfam GB, on the other hand, takes on a refreshing approach that showcases a more nuanced understanding of aid and development (i.e., hand-outs won’t end poverty), and recognizes the impact of local community members’ own actions, not just the donors’ money.
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Monica Brasov-Curca | 20-04-2012 06:03 | Category: Activism, Human rights, Social aid
“A Day Without Dignity”, 2012 campaign held on Monday April 16th highlighted how humanitarian aid and other development interventions often do more harm than good. The campaign features the use of social media channels such as blog posts, tweets and other media to share stories of local champions making a difference.
The campaign was originally launched for the first time last year, as a counter-protest to TOMS One Day Without Shoes campaign which challenged the general public to walk barefoot for one day to raise awareness for those who do not have shoes. TOMS shoes is a social enterprise which has a buy one give one policy: for every pair of shoes that are purchased one is given to poor children in developing countries.
“A Day Without Dignity” wanted to highlight the dilemmas that are incurred when communities are inundated with humanitarian aid, such as shoes, or food, clothing- it is detrimental to the local economy as it often competes with local vendors of the same products and might drive them out of business. Further according to campaign organizers this type of aid creates dependency and can deprives populations of their dignity by giving them charity instead of empowering them to help themselves.
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