Mark Canavera is an old classmate of mine from Furman University in South Carolina. After college, I headed to grad school; Mark headed to Africa to begin a career in aid work. We caught up recently over email.
Archived posts with tag ‘aid’
In Defense of Military Aid Work
Using the military for humanitarian purposes raises all sorts of red flags across government and aid organizations. “The distribution of aid by the military gives a very difficult impression to the communities and puts the lives of humanitarian workers at risk,” said Robert Watkins, the deputy special representative of the U.N. secretary general.
U.N. Dispatch: Aid Agencies Amplify Call for Civilian Delivery of Aid in Afghanistan at London Conference
“We must ensure that development does not falter in Afghanistan,” Mercy Corps U.K. director Mervlyn Lee said in his opening remarks to more than one hundred leading development experts, community leaders, civil society activists and government officials at a civil society conference in London Tuesday. Organized by the British and Irish Agencies Afghanistan Group (BAAG), the Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief (ACBAR) and the High Commission of Canada in London, the conference kicked off four days of events around a U.K.-government-hosted summit on the way forward in Afghanistan.
“If we’re going to talk about work as important — and expensive — as international aid, the least we can do is use accurate language,” my friend Alanna wrote in a recent guest post for Aid Watch. I could not agree more. In fact, I think we need to go a step further. It’s not just that there are many kinds of aid — it’s that some things we call aid are not aid at all.
by DAVID AXE Every year developed nations contribute billions of dollars in public and private funds to developing nations. “Foreign aid rests on two principles: that it should be given as a moral duty and that it should yield beneficial results,” Foreign Policy notes. “Duty can be seen as an obligation independent of its consequences, [...]