Author Archives: John Hilary

About John Hilary

Executive Director at War on Want

How Western media would cover Baltimore if it happened elsewhere

Excellent piece from Karen Attiah in the Washington Post, for those who didn’t see it this week. Good in so many directions at once – for instance: The United Kingdom expressed concern over the troubling turn of events in America in the … Continue reading

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Frankie Boyle does development, colonialism, racism

Nothing left to say after such a brilliant piece, except read it in full on the Guardian website here. One highlight: Even our charity is essentially patronising. Give a man a fish and he can eat for a day. Give … Continue reading

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Band Aid for Detroit

From our friends at the Council of Canadians, here’s a reworking of the Band Aid single to highlight the assault on the human right to water as a result of the mass cut-offs in Detroit. “Here’s to them underneath that … Continue reading

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NGOs: do they really help?

The main section of this month’s New Internationalist opens up the existential issue of whether NGOs (and in particular international development NGOs) are now doing more harm than good around the world. The theme is an increasingly common one in blogs, … Continue reading

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We got this, Bob Geldof, so back off

For those who haven’t seen the responses coming out of Africa to the fourth appearance of the Band Aid single earlier this week, Al Jazeera collected a number of critiques of the ‘white saviour complex’ in this article. Ghanaian musician … Continue reading

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Celebs and journos: any good for development?

Does INGO use of celebrities have any positive impact in the real world, or is it really just a sneaky way for charities to attract corporate sponsors to their brand? Dan Brockington’s research into INGO use of celebrities for advocacy purposes has now been made available via open access … Continue reading

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Inequality: possible joint working in 2015

Last Friday saw an exploratory meeting that came out of discussions at the Progressive Development Forum (but which are ultimately aimed at a broader audience) in order to explore what appetite there might be for joint work around the issue of … Continue reading

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