May 26, 2012 § 2 Comments
I tried to do a news round up of relevant, well-written stories regarding NGOs and the private sector, but truthfully I haven’t found anything this week that’s saying much new – any suggestions? So instead of focusing on our blog’s theme, I’m going to rehash the best stories I’ve read this week and recommend them to you, dear readers.
Yemen and Foreign Aid (Waq al Waq) - Observations from a Yemeni observing the aid culture in Yemen and asking those involved with aid to be more honest about the shortcomings.
“Furthermore, a recently raising NGO trend in Yemen is dealing with the vitally important issue of implementing the rule of law. Nevertheless it’s interesting how many organizations (national and international) act as if they are dealing with a blank slate while having a goal of building a state irrespective of what existed before in their targeted regions. They view existing traditional platforms as anachronistic and in need of an absolute deconstruction.
Personally speaking, that doesn’t make any sense simply because the only institutions that tend to be viewed as legitimate and effective in many post-conflict and developing contexts like Yemen are those informal institutions with traditional structures.”