1.19.2007

An interesting perspective

This is a fascinating perspective on international relief organizations, from someone who has been there:
My brief exposure to the world of humanitarian aid has made me a cynic, not sure of who I'm actually helping, and even more unsure of whether we're doing it right if we are indeed genuinely trying to serve our beneficiaries. Both the Sudan and this assignment in Aceh has so far felt more like I'm "saving development programs one office at a time". Having been trained (literally arse kicked) by the corporate world, I miss the professionalism, efficiency and accountability (to name a few essentials missing from my (I'll repeat) brief, and narrow experience in the running of an international NGO).