I was going to make this a rant about aid organisations and how dodgy they can be sometimes, but then i realized I need to think about this some more…
The article that got me thinking was written by Iman Muldoon and you can respond to his criticism of aid organisations portrayed in the November 2005 issue of ‘The University of Technology Sydney magazine’ U:, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Iman had a crack at a few aid organisations for over-paying visiting proffessionals to certain countries. An example given was that the UN requires all proffessionals to be flown business class for flights longer then 9 hours. Another example was that The International Bar Association paid a benefits package of around US$3000 a month for a professional to monitor legal developments in the country of Malawi, East Africa. So just where does your donation dollar go?
More importantly, how do we solve these problems? A solution proposed was that the professionals be sourced localy as much as possible, but often that is just not possible. So do we expect these professionals to make themselves available at less then market rates? Are they really needed? What do they do anyway?
Maybe thats a start. Aid organisations need to let people know whats going on. In this age of digital media it can’t be that hard! Can anyone even name more then 5 serious aid organisations (not including Red cross and the Salvos)?
Anyway – checkout the following site to get an idea on how big the aid industry is: http://www.reliefweb.org and even have a look for a future job.
Please keep in mind that although a lot of these organisations are NPO, it is still within their best interestes to remain operating. Don’t get me started on the church and how its not audited, not required to pay taxes or possibly not even required to fill a tax return… So, where does your donation dollar go?