“Oxfam has it right, it’s time for aid organisations to see Africa differently
We need to move past the stereotypical images of poverty and helplessness.
The conundrum for Oxfam and others looks a bit like this: “if images of starving babies produce a strong emotional reaction, and therefore strong financial and political support, how are we going to show that we’re making progress? People won’t keep donating if they think nothing has changed – but we know this recipe seems to work.”
The negative connotations that come with the term “Africa” are something that many people working on global poverty have been frustrated by for a while.
People feel they’ve been giving money for a generation now but not much appears to have changed”
Article by Jonathan Tanner for The Independent
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