Posted in response to a piece by Barbara Frost (Chief Executive of WaterAid since 2005) on The Huffington Post, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/why-opening-a-new-community…
With all due respect, I would hope the first question might be, ‘Why aren’t the local people building latrines for themselves?!’ Often, there are deep cultural issues at play. Does it really take a (high-powered and high-salaried) foreign organization to travel overseas to do it for them? From my experience in Nepal, mis-governance is the real obstacle, not a lack of knowledge and will power.
Unfortunately, indefinite foreign aid often underwrites dysfunctional elements of the status quo and thereby, indirectly funds mis-governance which actually prolongs the very problems that aid is trying to solve. Unfortunately, despite the best of intentions (which are not in doubt), that spells lethal results for the oppressed population facing dire, chronic poverty.
In my humble opinion, aid organizations would do best, if they must do something in countries that they’ve traveled overseas to effect change in (often without language and culture skills), to aim their efforts at cleaning up governance. Freeing the local people from mis-governance would be the best aid imaginable for development and progress. Then the population could pursue their own dreams and ambitions with their own talents and capabilities.
As Dr. Dambisa Moyo of Zambia pleads, “Let my people go!"