18 May 2011

Things I Like: Beyond Good Intentions

This is the fourth post in my weekly series Things I Like.  Last time I featured the Imagining a World Without Atrocities series.  You can follow the series by going here.

No, this is not a repeat of Things I Like, although it does sound similar to More than Good Intentions the book by Dean Karlan and Jacob Appel. Beyond Good Intentions is a series of short videos by filmmaker Tori Hogan that attempt to determine "how international aid can be more effective." Each of the 10 videos run about 5 minutes and cover topics such as aid workers, volunteering, faith, and micro-loans.

The videos provide a good introduction to the topic for those who may not have considered all of the parts which go into international aid or have ever examined those parts with a critical eye. She presents the topic, shares her personal thoughts, but largely allows the people featured to share their opinions and motivations.

"For me,the goal of this series is to catalyze a much-needed dialogue about aid effectiveness, and to start a movement towards change," says Tori and I believe she accomplishes her goal through these videos to get the conversation started. The videos will not win anyone over, but should serve as a way to induce discussions and force people to be confronted with a complex picture of international aid.