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By Daniel A. Bell, Jean-Marc Coicaud

This publication is the manufactured from a multiyear discussion among top human rights theorists and high-level representatives of foreign human rights nongovernmental agencies (INGOs) backed by way of the United international locations college, Tokyo, and the town collage of Hong Kong. it truly is divided into 3 elements that replicate the main moral demanding situations mentioned on the workshops: the moral demanding situations linked to interplay among quite wealthy and robust Northern-based human rights INGOs and recipients in their relief within the South; even if and the way to collaborate with governments that position serious regulations at the actions of human rights INGOs; and the strain among increasing association mandate to deal with extra basic social and monetary difficulties and limiting it for the sake of targeting extra speedy and obviously identifiable violations of civil and political rights. each one part comprises contributions from either theorists and practitioners of human rights.

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In the former case, it is the NGO and its “beneficiaries” that occupy center stage in the fundraising picture. A more accurate depiction of the latter reality would put the NGO in the background as “supporting cast” – and be ineffective in raising funds. VI. IS NOT THE MONEY MORE IMPORTANT? In this chapter, we have argued that many images, not only the so-called pornographic images used by NGOs in their communications to support fund-raising and other organizational activities, have negative consequences whether intentional or not.

IS NOT THE MONEY MORE IMPORTANT? In this chapter, we have argued that many images, not only the so-called pornographic images used by NGOs in their communications to support fund-raising and other organizational activities, have negative consequences whether intentional or not. , the problems are unsolvable and there is nothing we can do about it) Taken together, these factors work against other efforts to create an engaged and active citizenry committed over the long term to effective strategies for poverty reduction and social justice.

Messages like these can undermine NGOs’ efforts to create a broader understanding of the underlying structures that cause poverty and injustice. They ignore Northern complicity in creating inequality. At the very least these images convey a limited picture of life in Southern countries. At their worst they reinforce racist stereotypes. Several critics have described the negative implications of such images. According to Neville Gabriel from the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, “There has been some concern amongst key African development practitioners and activists that the continent is portrayed exclusively as a hopeless case of endless wars, corruption, disease, and dictatorship.

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