A Day Without Dignity 2012 – Local Champions
Posted on April 11, 2012 at 2:36 pm
A Day Without Dignity was started last year as a counter-campaign to TOMs Shoes One Day Without Shoes event. With so many Whites in Shining Armor projects making the news we decided this year to focus on local champions instead.
We’re asking aid workers, the diaspora, and people from areas that receive charity to speak up in blogs, on twitter, or at school about the contributions and needs of local champions. More details on this event can be found here.
Please use the hashtag #LocalChampions when discussing this event on twitter.
As posts or videos are submitted they will be linked to below with the most recent posts at the top.
46. Burkas to tracksuits – IRIN – Suggested by Tom Murphy “Three great stories of Somali women taking on equity through sport, activism and politics”
45. A Day Without Dignity: The Social Conversation – Storify – Great recap of the day’s events.
44. Embedding dignity in development - Rough Development
43. A little awesomeness – The Path of Trayle – Highlights the work of local masons on water projects.
42. The Stream Talks Aid and #Dignity2012 - A View from the Cave – Video of TMS Ruge – one of the co-founders of A Day Without Dignity – on Al Jazeera’s The Stream.
41. Mis deseos para el Tinku Kamayú, y todas las mujeres que ellas representan – Al Borde del Caos - Tells the story of the creation of a yarn spinning business to create jobs.
40. Growing up – freedom or obligation? – Hopebuilding -Ruminates over the Local Champion posts and discusses how our ways of thinking and understanding the world can be so different.
39. Elizabeth’s Story, a #LocalChampion - sAID by red – “Elizabeth is just one of the many many stories of Local Champions who I could share, but her story just goes to show that she made something of herself and will do something for her country – and she did so without anyone’s handouts.”
38. The west’s lazy reporting of Africa - The Guardian – “Once in a while we see a positive ‘Africa season’ – then western media revert to sensationalist and stereotypical coverage”
37. Rewarding the Heroic Work of Midwives in Afghanistan – UNFPA – “In mid-December, Maliha walked for five days to reach Faizabad, the capital of Badakhshan, in northeastern Afghanistan, to receive her award as best midwife in the province. She felt proud as she went onstage to be honoured for her work in her community health clinic. Though Maliha is just 25 years old, she is a local hero, having delivered hundreds of babies since graduating from the Community Midwives Education Programme six years ago.”
36. In between and among the aid world – lindsey talerico - A guest post by a local aid worker “Every time I went out to the field I could see it — just a small difference between the people I was trying to help, and me. We were born in the same country, with the same laws and same culture, but somehow our realities were completely different.”
35. A Day Without Dignity: Positive Advocacy Examples from Afghanistan – UN Dispatch – “The women in this video are agents of progress. They aren’t waiting to be saved; they’re saving themselves, and creating unprecedented opportunities for their daughters. (Note that interviews with foreigners are kept short and sweet, and the video is composed almost entirely of clips of Afghan women in action.)”
32. A story from Uganda: being young, female and having a disability - whydev – “Although it was not my intention to interview anyone for whydev while at the conference, I was blown away by how well Josephine spoke about the topic of being young, female, and having a disability in Uganda. So impressed was I, that I simply had to hear more.”
31. Making a Difference in the Lives of Children with Special Needs in Liberia - UN Dispatch – “Borne out of a personal tragedy, his efforts on behalf of children with disabilities, who are almost always ostracized and marginalized in Liberian society, are paying off.”
30. Rural women: Clearing landmines and cluster munitions – TrustLaw – “Often women face a choice: use contaminated land or be unable to feed their families. The reality is there is no choice – they must risk death so their families can eat. Faced with this reality, rural women around the world are taking concrete actions to make their communities safe again. Beyond the important roles they play in teaching the dangers of landmines and cluster munitions and in advocating against these indiscriminate weapons, rural women are being hired to de-mine the land.”
29. Ida Horner: Thoughts on Bad Aid Projects to Africa - Project Diaspora – A video post. “Ida Horner is not just any Ugandan Diaspora. She is probably one of Uganda’s most prolific contributors to the country’s development. She is the founder of Ethnic Supplies (ethnicsupplies.co.uk), instrumental in the success of Let Them Help Themselves (lethemhelpthemselves.org/) and Africa on the Blog (africaontheblog.com). She is also a cofounder of Villages in Action (villagesinaction.com). By all accounts, Ida Horner is the epitome of a Local Champion and a great inspiration to the African Diaspora.”
28. Villages in Action - Independent Global Citizen – “Teddy and Project Diaspora were motivated by a meeting that took place in September 2010 to discuss the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in New York City. World leaders, diplomats, academics, and development industry people came together to discuss the state of the poor in Africa. The poor according to them are similar to the people of Kikuube village. They spoke about poor people in their absence, like they didn’t have a voice and referred to them as numbers.”
27. Don’t Be an Ugly Philanthropist When Traveling This Summer- About.com – Tips for helping (or not helping) while traveling internationally.
26. NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR ALL IN MADAGASCAR – Agents of Change – “You can live in poverty and commit to others! In Madagascar, young people living on a landfill and in a very poor neighborhood of the capital support each other. Engaged in computer training, to ensure that they all go through. Awesome!”
25. LOCAL CHAMPIONS: MOBILIZING LOCAL RESOURCES – Spirit in Action – “One champion I met last summer was Margaret Ikiara, of Community Initiatives for Rural Development (CIFORD Kenya). I was so inspired by the work she was doing in her community to support other women and people with HIV/AIDS and now SIA is proud to support this vibrant organization, doing good in their own community. I asked Margaret to tell us about their work in her own words:”
24. A Day Without Dignity: Empowering Local Change Makers - Reconstructing – “As a person who mostly HATES to be without shoes, it was a “win-win” situation; I could get a sweet, new pair of shoes, and I could help someone in need. Then, I became older, landed in a development position, and my personal mission shifted from “a one woman circus, trying to save the world,” to a movement of “locals helping locals.” I quickly realized that what once seemed like a selfless, powerful, and simple idea was far more complicated than I had expected.”
23. The power of seeing our world through new lenses – Hopebuilding – The power of ‘horizontal development’
The Community Development Resource Association calls this process of working with local knowledge ‘horizontal development’ – neighbours helping neighbours. It is a different process than ‘vertical development’, where experts come into a community to ‘fix’ it. Horizontal development is a universal process. In communities around the world, what inspires us to do something is seeing our neighbours do it and learning from what they do. Often this does not require money.
22. Why Designers Need To Stop Feeling Sorry For Africa – Fast Company – “TAKING A PATRONIZING APPROACH TO INVESTING IN AFRICA UNDERMINES THE CONTINENT’S PEOPLE AND ENTREPRENEURIAL PROMISE, ARGUE JENS MARTIN SKIBSTED AND RASMUS BECH HANSEN.”
21. “You Can’t Come Here With European Eyes”: A Letter To John Humphreys On His Trip To Liberia – By Richard Dowden – African Arguments – “I listened to your reports from Liberia on The Today programme this morning with growing fury. I am not angry because your reporting is bad. It is extremely good. My complaint is this: you say you have been reporting Africa for more than 45 years but why, only now, are you reporting these deeper realities? “You can’t come here with European eyes,” you say. But that is precisely what you and the rest of the British media have been doing all this time.”
20. Shoes are not a human rights issue - Bridge of Life School Blog - Discusses his own failed experience buying shoes for his students.
18. What’s needed to put local champions at the forefront? - How Matters – A video contribution.
17. Everyone has a voice - Hands Wide Open – “…there are NO voiceless people. There are NONE who are invisible. You may never have heard of a certain war, or seen these abducted kids, or heard this people’s story, but that doesn’t mean that those people are invisible or without a voice. It just means that you didn’t know.”
16. Hassan: Hat Tip to a Local Champion – Usalama – “Mbuyuni works on a number of small-scale projects in their neighborhood, including trash collection and recycling. They run a tree nursery, make soap to sell as a way of fundraising, and help run the school for children that can’t afford school fees or for whatever reason can’t go to the primary school just down the road.”
15. Real Impact with Saaed Wame – Good Intentions are Not Enough – A guest post by Jennifer Lentfer “We talked about valuing community contributions, the challenges of the intimate factors at play when it comes to child protection, and how numbers cannot portray the true value of his organization’s work.”
14. The Thing That Happened - Independent Global Citizen – “Hope North is a great example of Ugandans helping Ugandans for a better future. They deserve to be recognized for their incredible efforts and supported for pursuing sustainable development and self-determination.”
13. (Stop) Polishing Your Armour - Lost Together – “I want people to want to make a difference. I really do. I want people to use their voices to draw attention to situations that matter to them and to pressure their elected officials to respond as appropriate. But I also want people to be informed, truly informed, as to the consequences of their actions.”
12. Transformational Power of Art - Independent Global Citizen – “Ugandan artist Fred Mutebi uses art as an educational tool to reach underprivileged and vulnerable children and communities in Uganda.”
11. ‘A Day Without Dignity’ challenges international aid paradigm – Global Post – “she’d changed my perspective on the world and, with it, the way I view the people around me, and my place in it, alongside them.”
9. A Day Without Dignity: Peacemakers in Action as Local Champions – Tanenbaum – “part of our work is to seek out and recognize religiously-motivated local heroes who are putting their lives and their freedom on the line for the sake of peace and development.”
7. TOMS Shoes Controversy: A Call to Move From Discussion to Action – Huffington Post – “Days without shoes and days without dignity both sound terrible to me. But the days equally worst, in my opinion, are the days full of action, having not properly discussed the implications, and days full of discussion, but without any ‘doing.’”
6. How & why Nisolo is not another TOMS - Nisolo – Discusses his experience with TOMS and how he came to work with local shoe producers instead.
5. Once I gave a man my shoes - la vidaid loca – An entry from last year that still resonates with this year’s theme. A powerful story about one man’s life and the unnecessary gift of a pair of boots.
4. How Not To Be a “White in Shining Armor” – GiveWell – Discusses what donors could do to avoid the White in Shining Armor trap.
3. MDGs 2.0: Why not ask the poor what they really need? – devex – suggests conducting mass surveys of poor areas to find out what people really want.
2. MAMA LUCY ON POVERTY – The Epic Change Blog - This previously written post was suggested for this year’s event – ”What I think some wazungu (foreigners) misunderstand about poverty (which is good for them to know)”
1. Game Changing Women – Local Champions – The More I See – The post highlights the work of 19 women around the world taking things into their own hands.
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