Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Good intensions

Giving aid is a difficult dilemma. A Samaritan's dilemma. There are different ways to help the poor in developing countries. Beyond Good Intensions provides a series of videos from aid projects all over the world to find out what works and what does not. It also provide an option to discuss the problem of aid giving and voluntering on their website. What these videos show is that most successful cases have strong roots in the local community (what they want and can do) instead of providing volunteer holidays for youngsters with good intensions. Providing technical knowledge and facilitating that local communities can self-organize might often be the best help.