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Survival International reveals a sinister side of “sustainable development”

Posted by Arbie Baguios | 13-02-2014 19:30 | Category: Activism, Human rights, Developing World

Survival International makes you think twice about sustainable development

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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