I have also recently come across this interesting publication: The Undercurrent Journal.

“An undercurrent, by definition, is the unseen movement of water beneath the surface; its tug and motion are only perceptible upon submersion. It is an apt metaphor both for international development studies and its undergraduates. The intriguing tensions and debates within the field of IDS flow beneath a popularized veneer of humanitarian charity…”

This idea of charity is a blessing and a curse. Although the perception of charity finances many of the well-intentioned and often well-performing NGOs in the world, it also detracts from basic principles of social justice and equity. It is within these principles, and not charity, that we must function in order to break the cycle of paternalism, colonialism and inequity that permiate our global society.


~ by kcanderson on May 31, 2008.

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