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Michael Oluwagbemi's picture

These days, the likes of Bono and Angelina Jolie, and world leaders like Tony Blair use their celebrity status to highlight the needs of the poor and poorer nations. Effectively, conquering poverty has become a fad, a “been to, must do” action that helps both the reputation of the giver and the recipient.

Not all charity is good charity: teaching the layman to 'make a difference.'

Siena Anstis's picture

This past week, an interesting debate erupted in the aid community on the role of the layman in international charity, after Jason Sadler started an organization dedicated to sending 1,000,000 shirts to African countries.

Called 1millionshirts, Sadler's initial plan was to gather these t-shirts in the US along with monetary donations. The monetary donations would support shipping the shirts abroad.

Shedding aid dependency: How does Business Fit Into Development?

Siena Anstis's picture

My first reaction to AMREF's, Why We Need A Fourth Year in Katine, was "of course you need a fourth year in Katine!" Development doesn't happen in four years, let alone five or ten. Aid dollars spent over a short period of time with little follow-up support are often wasted.
 
Development organizations, combined with the efforts of aid organizations in the first few years, should consider longer contracts. Tax payers need to understand the need for this (cue: journalists).