A people’s movement is rising in Zimbabwe. Is aid and philanthropy paying attention?
Guest blogger Barongo ba Kafuuzi Ateenyi argues that aid’s failures should not be blamed on the initiators of the projects—the foreigners—but the very home country systems that compromise its people.
“…part of me wanted to say to Abel, the hell with the cultural traditions, and to hell with the government! These kids need an education…But that part of me shut up (mostly).” A guest post by Scott Fifer of GO Campaign
By making the argument that local leaders have something we (organizations) need from them (information), we don’t yet overcome the centrality and the hierarchy with which aid organizations portray themselves in the global development equation.
How-matters.org’s Friday feature! Sharing “They Have Threatened Us With Resurrection” by Julia Esquivel
“If your general impression [is that most grassroots organizations are incapacitated], then you’ve been driving a white SUV through a village to get the ‘authentic’ feel of some project.” ~Marc Maxson of GlobalGiving’s Storytelling Project
Richard Moore, founder of Children in Crossfire in Derry, Ireland, discusses the figurative blind spots for many people as they become involved in aid work. Richard, who was literally blinded by a British soldier at the age of 10, also discusses the value of community and the power of vulnerability.
“Suddenly a deep and dark realization set in..Had we become the aid worker equivalent of ambulance chasers?” A guest post by Renee Martyna and Steve Munroe of Satori Worldwide.
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