Saturday, October 23, 2004
Here is a must-read article on activist NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations...a fancy term for Non-Profits) and the damage they can do to the poor. Camisea, a big natural-gas project in Peru is mentioned. If you have the time, it is really worth reading.
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Often times, activist NGOs with their armies of lawyers and celebrities based in western capitals do more harm then good. This article mentions a couple of instances where this has happened. These NGOs should be distinguished from NGOs such as Food for the Hungry and World Vision who are actually doing development work in the field rather then just protesting their own pet political causes. This is not to say that some of the things they protest are legitimate, it is just to say that activist NGOs that distort the facts and only approach the issue from one perspective (often times an environmental one) harm the poor in the developing world.
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OK, enough ranting. Let's get back to naming the iguana.