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Lighting a candle yet cursing the darkness

Reading the  book itself must awaits the next wodge of Book Tokens i have trained my nearest & dearest to give me for birthdays, but i read a review recently of a book called ‘War Games: The Story  of Aid & War in Modern Times’ by Linda Polman. Sounds just my type of book, will have me muttering ‘mea culpa mea maxima culpa’ as i read it, in guilt at being a spoiled white westerner. Not being part of the solution i must be part of the problem & all.

Ms Polman uses the book to examine how aid organisations, unless working very carefully & thoughtfully (assuming circumstances allow – eg the warlord who wants to tax you for every child you are ‘allowed’ to vaccinate’ may be carrying an Uzi or such) , can yet compound the problem. Shocking and/or poignant stories illustrate the points she makes.

Up to 1,000 charities large & small, can be attracted to loci of  a disaster (eg famine or earthquake). Doesn’t that sound a bit crowded to you? two images alternate and neither are pleasant eg bees round a honey-pot, and ‘ambulance chasing’ lawyers. Even if , say, 500 turn up, and even if each charity sent only one person, isn’t that an awful lot of extra mouths to feed & water? A lot of white land cruisers to fill with petrol?

How much of that is CV building? I ask as i have been a vollie with a charity for  11 years now. The area where i contribute my efforts is the original core service of the charity, and i once complained to the office staff that this now seems like the forgotten eldest child – doing the hardest work yet seeing all the fuss lavished on each new baby which comes along. And i was told that to keep attracting funding the charity has to keep thinking up new ways to enhance the service provided. Doing what we do we do well, however valuable, is no longer enough to keep the funding coming in.

So i wonder if that attitude pertains with other charities. It would be like the CVs i (fruitlessly) write – ‘I was instrumental in…’ only it would be ‘We ‘not ‘I’ and it would not be about  how beautifully i colour in spreadsheets but the effect of the charity concerned in a  disaster

I think of these issues in  conjunction with a recent Christian Aid report on the MDBs (multilateral development banks)’Bottom Lines, Better Lives’. The report was critical of the role these banks play (funded as they are by governments around the world) in exacerbating internal problems, or failing to alleviate them, or even creating new problems.

So if there is failure at the highest level to ask what is really needed in long-term planning, and fire-fighting disasters as they happen, then all this effort all this money (the sums governments use to fund the MDBs comes form all of us even if we do not donate directly) is not producing the change we all want to see.

So i don’t know  where to start. How can i do most good? Lobby parliament? Donate the widow’s mite every month? Something in between? WWBGD? A steal from Glee – not What Would Madonna Do – What Would Bill Gates Do?

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