This video from Africa for Norway provides a humorous way to think about foreign aid:
I suppose there is a good chance readers have already seen the video — more than 1.5 million people have viewed it on youtube.
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I’m very disappointed that you are giving this video pride of place. As colleague Øyvind Eggen and I have demonstrated (http://www.bistandsaktuelt.no/kommentar/arkiv-kommentarer/radiatorbistand-nei-takk – English version forthcoming), this aid-programme is utterly naive and not at all attuned to the needs of Norwegians. There is no consideration of gender or minorities (nor of the Duck’s obsession – Svalbard), nor local ownership etc. etc. We fear that this is simply a result of an African do-gooder mentality and the desire to give 0,7 % of African heat to colder parts of the world.
You really can do better than this!
This made me laugh despite an otherwise bad day. Thank you Duck!
And here goes: http://innvikling.blogspot.no/2012/12/radiator-aid-no-thanks.html
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