More and more I’m finding clever critiques of development and development NGOs emerging from cultural circles, both from the north and south that I wanted to share with the Progressive Development Forum. There is this one from Kenya, a “mockumentary” about INGOS: http://africasacountry.com/kenyas-first-mockumentary-takes-on-the-ngo-world/ which looks like a clever take on the Office, and I must admit, gels with some of what I’ve witnessed over the years.
I also met a Danish playwright at a literature festival here in Bangalore last month, Astrid Saalbach, who wrote a play about the perils of Aid. She’s quite well known in Denmark, and said she was vilified for saying anything wrong about Danish Aid. The people in her play see what’s wrong with their mission in Nepal, but are also trapped in the system. http://www.astridsaalbach.dk/drama.html. Its a brilliant and sober critique of western do-goodism.
If anyone hasn’t seen it, yet, there’s also the Radi-Aid video, which was posted on this site before. http://www.africafornorway.no
Anyone have any others?