NGO Watchdog by HoboTraveler.com
for a lot of NGOs, there just aren't long-term solutions in their sights. for a combination of reasons, some their fault, some not. Unfortunately, I know when big names or companies invest money to charities, they want to see results of their money quickly so they can say "hey look, we're nice." it's a necessary evil.
but it means if i give Red Cross $2million this year, I want to capitalise on the publicity next year or the year after. They know this, and so if they buy a load of aid parcels or jeeps or soemthign, i can say "we bought them 100 jeeps and saved X lives" and people will buy my product.
also, many NGOs have mandates on them which mean they can only do some things in the country or whatever. Red Cross, one of the oldest NGOs, who are protected by the Geneva Conventions, are so bound up by rules etc, as are UN officials and NATO etc.
Part of the solution, i think, will be in GOs... government organisations. because they can legislate to help projects succeed. And International Government, lke the UN should also help more, but too many people have conflicting interests.
I watched the film Hotel Rwanda last night, and it's very interesting. The mass genocides in Rwanda were ignored by richer countries because they had all lost so many men in Somalia recently, and it was bad for public morale. You can kinda relate on a policy point of view, but on a human level... it's disgusting.
There are so many interests to guard. the UN first guards the interests of North America and West Europe. and NGOs are subject to those rules and mandates.
I'm thinking you are right, long term is key. But you're pro0bably going to have to start massaging political egos in Niger at some point to do anything long term helpful.
if you come up with a solution, let me know. I might be able to do something from UK. When i becoe a student, there are no shortage of people looking for a cause to support.