One of the big reasons I blog is to help me sort out this big, complicated, messy world.
“J”, an anonymous blogger and novelist at AidSpeak, helps in general and especially with his recent post It’s a Crappy World.
He points out 5 of the tensions and paradoxes of the aid and development world. Lots to ponder.
Some I was a bit aware of, and some not. Each of the points connects to a lot of interrelated issues.
Accountability and transparency are especially complicated and messy.
He suggests donors are never accountable to anyone. Very good point. How’s that for a mind stretcher?
He doesn’t have any answers in this post. Just questions.
If you want to stretch your understanding of the complexity of helping others to have a less miserable life, check out the article. Several of these issues apply when working with people from your home culture from within your home culture.