Radi-Aid: Africa for Norway
November 19, 2012 11:23 AM Subscribe
posted by MuffinMan (34 comments total)
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A Norwegian group called Radi-Aid
has launched an appeal to ship radiators from Africa to Norway. They have also released a video to highlight the plight of freezing children during Norway's harsh winter.The campaign is part of a Norwegian-government funded drive
to change the way Africa is stereotyped. To that end, the spoof Radi-Aid website has a very real manifesto:
1. Fundraising should not be based on exploiting stereotypes.
Most of us just get tired if all we see is sad pictures of what is happening in the world, instead of real changes.
2. We want better information about what is going on in the world, in schools, in TV and media.
We want to see more nuances. We want to know about positive developments in Africa and developing countries, not only about crises, poverty and AIDS. We need more attention on how western countries have a negative impact on developing countries.
3. Media: Show respect
Media should become more ethical in their reporting. Would you print a photo of a starving white baby without permission? The same rules must apply when journalists are covering the rest of the world as it does when they are in their home country.
4. Aid must be based on real needs, not “good” intentions.
Aid is just one part of a bigger picture; we must have cooperation and investments, and change other structures that hold back development in poorer countries. Aid is not the only answer.