Northern words, Southern readings
The authors describe the phenomena of `perverse inertias’ – effects and tendencies which are the opposite of what was intended – in the context of Southern responses to Northern NGOs. Two specific impacts on recipient populations are discussed. `The project culture’, where `beneficiaries’ feel compelled to invent as many projects as they can, in line with areas of perceived funding possibilities, which may not reflect real or most sorely felt needs. And `living by the wound’, whereby communities recount their sufferings in order to receive assistance. The authors offer a critique of the way `lives and…expectations are taken over by others in the name of international solidarity’.
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