The Oxfam sexual exploitation scandal signals the arrival of the moment for an honest public conversation about charities’ role in society, the white saviour mentality, gender relations, charity accountability, and the impact of western aid and power in developing countries.
Like political campaign contributions, today’s self-interested foreign aid often supports badly-designed development projects, imposes foreign investor-friendly policies on recipient countries, facilitates access to intended beneficiaries’ resources, helps aid-giving countries to look good on the world stage, all the while making unquestioning taxpayers in aid giving countries feel good about their supposed generosity.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposed plan to dismantle net neutrality threatens democracy and the free exchange of ideas and information via the Internet. Even if the FCC votes to repeal net neutrality this week, the fight to save the must continue.
The Zimbabwe military’s coup against Robert Mugabe was not about political liberalisation and democracy. Gen. Constantino Chiwenga and other military commanders staged the “smart coup” to a) save the ruling Zanu PF party from disintegration b) install Emmerson Mnangagwa as Mugabe’s successor and c) safeguard their own personal and economic interests.
The Zimbabwe military ousted former president Robert Mugabe to save a disintegrating ruling Zanu PF party. Can its continued involvement in Zimbabwean politics under installed president Emmerson Mnangagwa guarantee essential reforms, democracy and justice?