‘Aid organizations have been operating too commercially’

Aid delivered by aid organizations is not always effective. There is a strong focus on fundraising, which leads organizations to choose projects with popular appeal, even if it means a duplication of efforts. This is the view of professor of Disaster Studies Thea Hilhorst. Together with colleagues, Hilhorst studied the aid offered to the victims of rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo. During the war there were reports of mass rapes which appalled the international community. The result was that aid organizations poured into the region. In the provinces of North and South Kivu, where Hilhorst’s study was conducted, there are now about 400 organizations providing help for victims to the tune of almost 90 million dollars since 2010. Read on in Resource


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