My Interview with AidWorks
Posted on May 18, 2012 at 8:46 am
My interview with AidWorks, (AidWorks is a radio show devoted exclusively to aid and development issues. We want to look at the world of international development from every angle, recognising the good that is being done but also casting a critical eye over the aid ‘industry’.)
Is it ever possible that so-called “aid” is doing more harm than good? Sending excess goods from rich countries to poor countries is a good thing isn’t it? Donating money to orphanages is surely a good thing to do? Volunteering to build a school in a developing country is a great way to spend your gap year? Actually, no, it isn’t. Saundra Schimmelpfennig is a consultant to the not for profit sector and runs the website “Good intentions are not enough” .
Through her work and on her blog, Saundra looks at some of the problems that beset the development sector, particularly in cases where decisions about how to spend aid money are driven by the desires of donors rather than the people who need the money. Cate Coorey spoke with Saundra about why good intentions are not enough.
Click here to listen to the interview.