Category Archives: Video

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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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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Cultural critiques of Development

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” … Continue reading

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White Charity

At the end of last year, Nik Barry-Shaw (author of the critique of Canadian development NGOs, Paved with Good Intentions) posted a comment on this website noting that we must be wary of seeing the depoliticisation of INGOs as a particularly British … Continue reading

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The Origins of the People’s Health Movement

Thirty five years ago health campaigners achieved a major breakthrough at the UN Alma-Ata Conference on Primary Health Care.  The conference statement signalled a new approach to health care, often described as the ‘primary health care approach’ or the ‘Alma-Ata … Continue reading

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First as Tragedy, Then as Farce

For those who haven’t seen it, this RSA animation presents Slavoj Žižek’s take on charity, CSR and philanthropy as egotistical expressions of ‘cultural capitalism’. With quite a nod to Oscar Wilde too.

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How do you feed the world?

The Why Poverty? films shown on TV in 72 countries at the end of last year have now been made available online. With next week’s launch of the aid agencies’ joint campaign on food and hunger, what better time to watch … Continue reading

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