Where do I stand before digging into topic Developing world?
What is my feeling about it after 2 days of kick-off meeting in Brussels?
I do not have experience and passion for developing world and way we are using to develop (or help). After speech of Marina Ponti regarding UN Millenium Campaign I felt like we are talking about other planet, society and world. Because demands, visions or hopes She set were so far from reality I have experienced, seen and felt. Important point was made concerning political will of governments. Which somehow is true, but in the same time total naive perspective - like putting responsibility more farer away. This is not how it functions when we are streaming for profit hits, growth and expansion of markets.
There is society and people who are concerned about need to help and prevent death from trivial cause as hunger (trivial in sense of amount of food that is pulled into rubbish in Europe and USA). I agree on need to help, but I went to kick-off meeting with question in my mind.
'Do we give fish or teach fishing?'
But on flight home I still feel that I didn't receive answer how we can teach fishing, because I do not believe and support just giving fish away. This was my expectation from Day2. Today I want to say that it seems to be up to us in this platform to figure out answer to this question. This is my hope.
I am starting this blogging competition with low belief in approaches taken by governments and organizations.
Today Millenium Development Goals seems to be dreamy idea set by world leaders some time ago.
I am looking forward to competiton platform to change my perception.
* As Mr.Barrosso said regarding Greece financial problems 'There is no stability without solidarity and no solidarity without stability' Financial Times March 23
Cross-posted on my blog.