Frankly, Steven, I'm not going to pay too much attention to this article, when the objective of the site is:
First of all, the whole idea behind this particular website is to upset as many people as possible
So, no proper examination of the problems raised or solutions proposed.
Assertions are made without evidence, and causes claimed without reason. For example:
But no, things today are as bad in Africa as thirty years ago. Some even say that they got worse these days.
This is factually wrong. Very wrong. SInce 1995 growth in Africa has been pretty amazing. Six out of the top ten fastest growing countries in the world last year were in Africa. No, I don't think the article is worth reading, even if there are questions to be asked.
Emma Woolgatherer wrote:I think it's pretty obvious than charities aren't all necessarily carrying out good work. Some, I've no doubt, manage to make things worse.
...as is true of governments too. The world is far from perfect.
But it's a bit of a leap from that to the conclusion that none of them carries out good work, or that charity in general doesn't achieve anything. And there's the much bigger issue of international aid. Not just the kind provided by NGOs, but the kind provided by governments, and by international organisations like the various UN agencies. The whole business needs better scrutiny, better accountability, better measures of effectiveness.
More required is an end to corruption and beggar thy neighbour policies by the foreign governments.
There are certainly things wrong with charities, (including Oxfam, of which I am an active supporter), but I'm not going to waste any more time on this pretty facile blog
Oh, and thanks Tetenterre.