if a tenth the charities out to help “africa” were any good ….

A lot of money has been poured in Africa (to use a Kenyan phrase) since the 1960s. Most of it has gone down the drain without much impact. If a tenth of the aid effort in Africa were effective things would be very different. Instead you have a cacophony of aid effort without much coordination. Yes there are the many hospitals, schools and business projects that have improved millions of livelihoods, and we applaud them. But there are also bizarre projects – like giving rape victims cameras to record their ordeals in the Congo or this crazy idea to send a million shirts to Africa.  As Aid Watch aptly puts it, a lot of aid is never about what the people in this mythical place called Africa need but what people want to give – and oftentimes what they want to give is a function of their warped notion of what life is like on the Continent.

And in other news, Sierra Leone has seen the light. As I noted here two years ago, the country’s HDI indicators belong in a time long gone. It is therefore encouraging that the Sierra Leoneans have decided to take HDI matters seriously.

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3 thoughts on “if a tenth the charities out to help “africa” were any good ….

  1. Pingback: Good Intentions Are Not Enough » Blog Archive » What aid workers think of the 1 Million Shirts campaign

  2. Pingback: What aid workers think of the 1 Million Shirts campaign | Good Intentions Are Not Enough What aid workers think of the 1 Million Shirts campaign | An honest conversation about the impact of aid

  3. Hey, My name is Priscilla Acosta I am 16years old and I am starting to raise money to send to Kenya. My goal is to raise 1000 dollars. I have always wanted to do this since I was 8 years old, I really want to a make a huge definers in there life, can you please help me send the money over there? E-mail me at acostapriscilla24@gmail.com

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