posted by Carrie Reiling and Tanya Schwarz
A new book, The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption, explores how overseas adoption from a number of countries, including Liberia, Ethiopia, and Rwanda, has become entangled in the conservative Christian agenda in the United States. The book has been excerpted in Guernica and Mother Jones, and the author also gave an in-depth interview to National Public Radio.
Verso has just released Harry Browne’s critique of Bono and the overall trend of celebrity philanthropy in his book The Frontman: Bono (In the Name of Power). Since the release, former President Clinton has come to Bono’s defense, while Dave Marsh, writing for Counterpunch, is more critical.
by Cilas Kemedjio
Dr. Tarrósy’s piece brings to light interesting information, especially about the production of Western NGOs as well as Hungarian sensibilities. Hungary is a net receiver of European Union aid, and it is significant that its humanitarian vocation coincides with its admission as a full member of the EU. The EU has replaced the Soviet Bloc as Hungary’s ideological (and I suspect financial as well) patron. A question that arises is whether and how the EU patronage differs from the Soviet one? The bigger question is: How does a county that has to declare allegiance to a bigger (transnational) power manage to pass for humanitarian (a provider of aid)? What does humanitarianism add to such as country? Continue reading
by Joey Ager
(This article was originally posted on Insight on Conflict.)
April 22, 2013: In humanitarian emergencies across the world, people commonly look to their local faith communities for support. But does religion help people and societies to cope with and transition out of conflict and disaster, or is it ill-equipped, superstitious and fatalist, even creating conflict in the first place? Our preliminary investigation has found that the situation is complex and requires careful research.
Local Faith Communities such as this one at a Malaria awareness raising event in Maputo, Mozambique, are providing humanitarian assistance to those in need. Photo courtesy of Jean Duff on behalf of PIRCOM.
In almost every corner of the globe, people gather together, deeply connected through shared allegiance and identity in religious communities. This remains true, despite frequent predictions that modernity would inevitably supplant faith; in fact, religion in the twentieth century has been characterised by endurance and even resurgence. For the past six months, I have been working as a researcher with the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities, a grouping of agencies – some faith-based, some not – and academics interested in better understanding how to effectively engage with local faith communities. Together, we have been investigating the various roles religion plays in the resilience of communities affected by humanitarian emergencies caused by conflict or disaster. Continue reading
posted by Bangirana Albert Billy
This article, featured in the Mail & Guardian, by Manqoba Nxumalo is uniquely critical to the upcoming and yet still skewed African philanthro-capitalism. Drawing from the renowned sustainability researcher Glenn Ashton, Nxumalo argues that modern African philanthropy could be a disguised copy of the Western philanthropic model – “a misleading smoke screen for business as usual”.
by István Tarrósy
Increasing attention has been paid to Sub-Saharan humanitarian projects across the NGO sector of Hungary for some years. This may have come with the country’s accession to the European Union (EU) in 2004, related to its full membership (and participation) in the community’s common policies, in particular, in its development policy. It is an undoubted consequence of EU membership that all members have to financially contribute to joint EU actions in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries[i] as part of a wider framework of external relations with the technologically and economically less developed parts of the world, but Hungary has a history with Africa. Not as a colonial power, though. In scientific circles several Hungarians (or people of Hungarian descent) are known for their contribution to the global corpus on African studies, which in fact resulted in a wider and better understanding on the flora, fauna and peoples of different parts of the continent.[ii] During Communist times thousands of Africans received state scholarships to study for a degree at Hungarian universities. Today, Hungary as a donor country gives money to international organizations as well for humanitarian purposes. The EU and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development then ‘distribute’ this money between the states in need in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. Aside from the “norms and principles of the international development aid regime” (Szent-Iványi 2012: 65) that Hungary needs to align itself with, from 2008 to 2013, Hungary has contributed 125 million Euros to the 10th Development Program of the European Development Fund, a considerable part of which is allocated to Africa. All this is not only important from an aid point of view; thanks to this program, Hungarian civil associations have opportunities to realize EU micro projects planned in countries of Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific regions. Continue reading