22 March 2011

Quote of the Day: Aid Presumptions

Beyond that, my deeper issue with aid work is that much of it begins with an implicit assumption that “we” have figured things out, “they” haven’t, so clearly we can and must go teach them how to do things. This subconscious thinking has led to lots of condescending and patronizing behavior whereby many people, with the best of intentions, have caused more harm than good. My problem with aid is that doing it for the last half-century hasn’t been extremely effective or dignifying, yet when I question TOMS Shoes some of my friends scorn me as a cynic who doesn’t care about other people.
Via Tate Watkins