This clip from last night’s Saturday Night Live captures what’s wrong with the rampant idealism put forward in D.I.Y. foreign aid.
I’m all for idealism, within reason. Can we make the world a better place? Absolutely. But only when we start recognizing realities. One reality is that aid and development are more than one person’s good intentions or just positive thinking.
It can be summed up by the exchange at the end:
“What do you think on Mr. Conkland’s lecture: ‘The Sky’s The Limit?’”“I thought it was reckless. Yea, reckless and irresponsible.”
* I don’t think I have mentioned Elmira here before, but definitely check her out. She is in the process of writing a book on based on her vast knowledge of international development and aid. So, keep an eye out for it.