How NOT to Do International Aid
This blog, 7 Worst International Aid Ideas, is from a couple of years ago, but I just came across it recently. It will be a great read and reminder for all of us who want to help.
I am not against charity and donations for emergency help, but there is a lot to learn about the difference between relief, rehabilitation, and development.
The first example outlines three basic questions we should consider when giving to any kind of poverty-related cause:
- Is there a real need for this?
- Is there a more efficient (though not as easy) method?
- Are you undermining local, long-term efforts with your distant, short-term aid?
Keeping that in mind, here are the candidates for “the worst attempts at helping others since colonialism”:
- T-shirts for Africa
- TOMS Buy-One-Give-One
- Machine Gun Preachers
- Ransoming Children in Africa (Extortion)
- Donor Fund Restrictions
- Food Aid and Munitions Confusion
- Making Aid a Foreign Policy Tool
Be sure to read the full article.
- Toxic Charity
- De-Toxifying Charity
- How Would You Define (and Solve) Poverty?
- Poverty Cure
- Stop Serving the Poor?