Links I Liked

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An extraordinary piece of investigative journalism by BBC Africa uses all the digital arts to track down the culprits of an atrocity captured on an anonymous video – 2 women & 2 young children are led away by a group of soldiers. They are blindfolded, forced to the ground, and shot 22 times

‘More than half of aid spent on procurement still goes to rich countries’ firms – almost two decades after commitment to end ‘tied aid’’. New Eurodad report

Turns out gender inequality is bad for men’s health. ‘Living in a country with gender equality benefits men’s health: lower mortality rates, half the chance of being depressed, lower suicide rates, and a 40% reduced risk of violent death.’ WHO Europe briefing ht Pete Hennessy

A recording of my recent ‘research for influence’ webinar for On Think Tanks is now online.

Check out Participedia – ‘crowdsource, catalogue and compare participatory political processes around the world.’

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Hard to think of anything more humiliating than having your absurd bragging laughed at by the world’s leaders assembled at the UN. I wonder what price the UN will have to pay? Oxfam America also delivered a powerful ‘not in our name’ rebuttal to the president’s address.


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One Response to “Links I Liked”
  1. There is something “strange” going on… On the one side, everybody is now “bashing” Trump because of the way that he is seeing his “progress & results”… OK, I see that point, he is probably exaggerating a bit here and there, but let’s not forget, he is a politician and these people are rather well known to see reality a little bit through their own glasses. So not big news I think.

    On the other hand, for over 25 years that I am working in WASH, especially in handpump projects in Africa, I also hear all the time from NGOs and UN, etc. that they are “well on target” with the MDGs and millions of people have gained “access” to water, for whatever that word “access” means.

    However, when you take a closer look to rural Africa, (what we do) it is hard NOT to ignore the fact that the majority of handpumps and other water points are in a deplorable state and don’t provide water for most of the time.

    In other words, these UN people may now “laugh” a bit at Trump, OK, but at the same time, they do not laugh but applaud when again another UN or NGO is, in fact, doing the same bragging about their “results”.

    I find this rather hypocritic, you also mentioned, in the beginning, the hypocrisy of “Tight Aid” and that this is often not effective in the long run for development for obvious reasons. I fully agree with that.

    It is the “inconvenient truth” that the WASH sector has to face that the sector is, in fact, doing the same as Trump, bragging about “results” (just for PR reasons to get more funding…) and if they would do so in front of a big crowd of Rural African People, they will also be laughed at and made fun off.

    Even worse, if you seriously try, like we do with an honest and quality product as the BluePump, to introduce that in the sector because quality pumps will increase the amount of water available and lower the cost of maintenance, we have to face an incredible resistance and corruption of “stakeholders” that seem to be very comfortable with the status quo and have no interest whatsoever to get better quality products to the poor, because it is not in THEIR interest…

    These “Stakeholders” can simply get away with bragging about their results and nobody cares or dares to question this because so many people depend on the money flow that comes with this poor practice.

    I feel that it is time not to look so much to what Trump is saying, but just take a closer look to what is happening all the time in our OWN world, and ask ourselves: “Are we really helping the poor with our approach of preferring CHEAP over QUALITY and allowing this massive corruption in tenders to continue, that allows this to go on?

    Paul van Beers
    FairWater Foundation