March 25, 2012

NGOs AND NEOCOLONIALISM:

When Mrs. Goldblog and I were living in Liberia, one of the best jobs to be found in Monrovia for actual Liberians was at a makeshift car-washing center near UN headquarters, where, every day, dozens of brilliant-white SUVs — Toyota Landcruisers, mainly – belonging to the dozens of NGOs in town were scrubbed clean of mud. It was a bizarre thing to see, these $50,000 vehicles belonging to “non-profits,” flyspecked by Liberians the NGOs were ostensibly there to help.

Taking up the white car’s burden.

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