Questions for Aid and Development.

27 Mar

Via Facebook with Katrina Jacot

I’m more of a development person.. but just to give you some things to think about……
1) who controls the air space
2) how much space do you need, and what are you likely going to get
3) how do you pack the food so that you insure that nothing is lost/harmed/distorted.
4) how easy is it to protect the stuff. ( lots of org. have to hire guards)
5) what kind of environmental damage will it create and what can be re-used or of harm if re-used about the drop off??
– lots of times org. will use the containers as offices or sleeping areas
– the carts (made of wood) the food and other stuff comes packed in, sometimes becomes fire wood for the refugees BUT they are coated with something bad and that contaminates the air the people breath, the food sometimes and isn’t environmentally friendly.

anyway, hope your well.

talk soon,
katie

Aid is often tied with trade deals, and political baggage, and is usually the way that a nation can punish the international community. Viz, Bashir’s reaction to his warrant, here and here.

Questions that I have are, can we design a system that is seen as neutral and acceptable to any country, free from ideological or political baggage, that is a benefit?  Everyone who is displaced is a person, with desires and skill sets.  How can we keep them from turning into refugees or displaced persons?  Is it wrong to think of people in a camp as a skill/labour pool, as resources?

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2 Responses to “Questions for Aid and Development.”

  1. Michael Keizer March 27, 2009 at 7:51 am #

    Some conceptual issues:

    ‘Aid’ is not ‘aid’: e.g. humanitarian emergency aid has very different characteristics and requirements from long-term development aid. These two are more or less opposites on the spectrum, but there are a lot of nuances in between.
    Forget about ‘neutral’ and ‘acceptable’ as absolutes, let alone ‘free from ideological or political baggage’. Just wanting to give aid is in many cases already a political choice. Neutrality is in the eye of the beholder, and often that beholder is not sympathetic.
    I don’t think that it is wrong to think of displaced (in a camp or elsewhere) as human resources; it would be wrong to think of them solely as such.
    Your question of how to prevent displaced from becoming displaced is a conundrum that will not be solved on your or my time of living. Concentrate on how to help them.

    Good luck.

  2. caseywong March 29, 2009 at 3:37 am #

    Thanks for your comment!

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