Interning in New York

Trip Start Jan 21, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

So I made it, a summer in the Big Apple working for a documentary group called 10x10. I've started writing blog entries for them. Their mission statement reads as follows.

            10x10 partners with organizations with a proven track record of educating girls. They're the pros in the field, so we support them by telling stories of their work and directing donations to their programs that help girls get into and stay in school.

GOAL: 1 million actions taken in support of girls           

I am posting some of the blogs that I have written on here, I am pretty sure I want to become some type of writer focusing around journalism.  

            It's no secret that fiscal aid given to countries outside of the United States is often misappropriated. The suspension of USAID’s funding to a Pakistani version of Sesame Street added to a long list of financial fraud that government agencies have succumb to.  Compare the total possible embezzlement opportunities in puppets with the same in health, education and microfinance projects and one can see the possibilities for extortion are endless regardless of how many protocols of accounting and control that the donor agencies devise.

            Expropriating dollars from the American government is hardly the root cause of criticism towards civil societies and governmental agencies. Kony2012 re-opened up an international barrage of attacks on NGO do-gooder’s who approach development reductively; without taking into account the indigenous socio-economic ecosystem, in which the very people they’re trying to help inhabit.

            Sometimes, out of the kindness of one’s heart, simply giving money or provisions to foreign lands causes more harm than good. Emmy award winning journalist Amy Costello recently started investigating whether or not Tom’s shoes’ One for One model is working. Among instances of selective distribution to those of the Christian faith, her work examined whether or not giving free shoes was affecting the economy. Laura Freschi, a researcher at New York Universities development institute, joined a panel with Mrs. Costello to discuss her thoughts.

            "I’m concerned that Tom’s sort of creates the impression that there are no shoes to be purchased inside these communities when in fact there are vibrant, local economies. In many of these places where they are giving shoes it’s important to acknowledge that in some cases the buy one give one model practiced this way could be harmful to those local producers and sellers."

            It should be made clear that not all NGO’s are pernicious, nor is wanting to help or give, but for those who do want to help or give it’s important to know all the information. Developing countries don’t receive aid in black and white, kind people don’t just give and the “needy” don’t just receive; there is much more behind the scenes, which is why donor’s should do the research and ask themselves important and often awkward questions as to the effects and affects of giving.
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