If you think that all these big NGOs who control practically every ‘development’ project are just inefficient and not very good at what they do, think again. Most individuals working in the development business are probably well-intentioned, but their efforts are being corralled and diverted into things of dubious value. This is true in all fields; for example the vast majority of ‘environmentalists’ are now doing global warming and carbon dioxide related business, while a few years ago there was enormous diversity in the profession. Carbon is where the money is, and so naturally that’s where most of them are. Money diverts our purpose to a large extent.
If you’re in the ‘aid’ business, and scratch the surface a little when applying for grants, you’ll find that whatever area of aid it is you’re interested in, a very similar monoculture is apparent. What you can actually do is very limited, and 99% of the grants available have strings attached which are very similar to each other, despite the seemingly vast assortment of grant makers available.
There is not really a choice. If you want to ‘make a difference’ then when you finish college you have to go where the money is. But who controls where the money is, and more importantly, why? Surely it’s important that your life’s work is not wasted? Here are a few links to help you get an idea.
In fact that link will do as a starting place. It’s better to go off and do your own research! There are plenty of other things here to look at as well. We’ve added a ‘development‘ category to make them easier to find.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) during the height of the Kony 2012 hysteria, dusted off one of its old propaganda videos titled, “Joseph Kony – LRA” uploaded on November of 2010, to try and capitalize on the attention Invisible Children raised earlier this month. However, the Kony 2012 campaign imploded just as fast, and perhaps even more spectacularly than it rose – with vast numbers of people pointing out the untenable narrative it attempted to peddle and the fact that it served as nothing more than a pretext for an expanded US AFRICOM presence in Africa.
And here is a well-referenced article giving some wider reasons why this is happening now, as well as some detail on how secretive the Invisible Children Org is. There is some info aobut what they waste donors’ money on too. http://www.oneworldscam.com/?p=336
An Australian TV report which branded an Amazon tribe as child murderers; a ‘suicide cult’ from the ‘Stone Age’; and the ‘worst human rights violators in the world’ has become the first target of a new Survival campaign against the racist depiction of tribal people on TV.
The ‘Freakshow TV’ campaign aims to challenge the depiction of tribal people on TV as primitive, backward savages.
”From Sachs to Kristof to Invisible Children to TED, the fastest growing industry in the US is the White Savior Industrial Complex. It is not about justice. It is about having an emotional experience that validates privilege. The banality of evil transmutes into the banality of sentimentality. The world is nothing but a problem to be solved by enthusiasm”. — Teju Cole
TMS Ruge, a Ugandan-born co-founder of Project Diaspora is pissed about KONY 2012. He recently wrote that he wants to “bang my head against my desk to make the dumb-assery stop. It’s a slap in the face to so many of us who want to rise from the ashes of our tumultuous past and the noose of benevolent, paternalistic, aid-driven development memes.”