development ngos


H H Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, member of the Group of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Advocates, yesterday  took part “Law, Education and the SDG’s” seminar as part of The Hague Institute for Global Justice’s Distinguished Seminar Series.

The event was also attended by H M Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, in her capacity as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development, political leaders, NGO chiefs and the diplomatic community.

BPDM Typhoon / Typhoon-M

Counter-sabotage combat vehicle (BPDM). Head developer of machine - NGO “Boom” (Tula). The project was initially conducted in the interests of the strategic missile forces. The main task - the security of the missile units. The design of the vehicle based on the BTR-80 is started not later than 1999

What to do With a Degree in International Studies with a Language Concentration

My sister, loganstudies, received an ask by an anon who wanted to know their career options with an International Studies - Japanese Degree. Because my blog won’t let me reblog it and add commentary, I’m just making a whole separate post.

While this post is specific to Japan/Japanese, this information is relevant to all IR/IS majors with language concentrations, so just switch out the names of the countries/languages if you find this relevant to you!

First off, I would highly suggest adding on another major or a minor of some sorts to tailor your degree. International studies, at least at my university, is a very easy major to pair with other majors because there is a ton of overlap, and it’s designed that way. Depending on which road you would like to take, you can add on different majors/minors to best fit it! Below I’ll put some career options for you and majors/minors you can consider adding in parentheses:

1. You can teach English as a second language in Japan! Generally, overseas teaching jobs pay extremely well if you have accreditation from a respected source, like your university or from an outside course. You don’t have to be fluent in Japanese for this, but the fact that you can speak the language is a big plus. (Majors/minors: Japanese, Linguistics, Education, TESL certificate.)

2. You could work for a corporation that does business in Japan! Many American companies look for people fluent in Japanese to represent their interests in Japan. You’d basically be their person on the ground, doing negotiations on contracts, deals, mergers, products, materials, etc. This has an extremely large scope because there are so many types of companies who do business with Japan. Like video games? Add a major/minor in computer science so you can understand the technical aspects of it. Want to work for a fashion company? Consider adding something to do with marketing/PR. (Majors: business, advertising, PR, marketing, computer science, engineering, Japanese, hospitality, etc. Minors: any of the above plus niche programs like fashion design/marketing, video game design, graphic design, public leadership, etc.)

3. You could work as an interpreter for American/Japanese business people in America or in Japan. You could also translate Japanese media/advertisements/newspaper articles/movies/video games into English and vice versa. This requires fluency, obviously, and would probably require a masters degree to get to that level. Translation gives you a little more creative leeway in what you major in because it gives you so many options in terms of what you translate. (Majors/minors: Japanese, Business, Journalism, Film Media, advertising, marketing, computer science, etc.)

4. You could work in any of the U.S. Embassies in Japan! Embassy workers are required to be proficient in the language of the country in which they work. Each embassy has many different departments, from political to press to IT to visas to architecture to many many more. The department you’d want to go into will decide your major/minor. (Majors/minors: political science, journalism, engineering, architecture, PR, public leadership, etc.)

5. You could work for an American or Japanese NGO. I would look up the NGOs that exist in Japan before deciding how to tailor your degree because they may not be as prevalent there since Japan is a very developed country. (General majors/minors: international development, NGOs, business.)

6. Post undergrad, you could go to law school and then either a) work for an American company/law firm that does business withs/practices in Japan or b) work for a Japanese company/law firm that does business with/practices in America. For undergrad, you probably have the most options here because there’s no one major to get you there. It all depends on what kind of company/law firm you want to work for and what kind of law you want to do. (Majors/minors: see #2)

7. You could work for another American governmental agency like the NSA or State Department. Fluency is very important here. (Majors/minors: see #4 and #5).

8. You could work as a historian/art collector for a Japanese or American museum. (Majors/minors: any sort of history, art history, art, etc.)

As a junior, I would also highly suggest you apply for any internship that will give you hands on experience with the language and any of those fields. It will not only help you decide whether or not you want to go into that field, but also give you possible future job connections and diversify your resume for grad school and job applications.

And I think that’s it! I hope this was helpful!

ne-revez-pas  asked:

Hello, I saw you comment on a post about how missionaries in developing countries are ruining the cultures/societies of their people, and it really intrigued me. You see, I am about to go on a trip to Nairobi this coming June with the organization Me To We. Me To We is not religious and I'm not a religious person. But, while there I will help build a school and learn about Maasai culture. Do you feel that service trips without the intention of converting/teaching people are still alienating?

I am radically against service trips where people go to “build schools” (or other facilities) in a developing countries, and I find them to be incredibly disempowering and paternalistic at their core. It all boils down to stroking the (usually white) egos of the volunteers to make them feel like “good people” and does NO longterm good for the community.

I just wish people thought more critically about international development and saw through the smoke screen of “aid” that many of these “development” organizations put up as part of the white savior industrial complex. Like it just seems so obvious to me that an organization that goes through all of the logistical and human effort needed to bring “volunteers” to build schools in ~*aFriCa*~ has values that are fundamentally not aligned with those of their communities. They do not have the best interest of locals at heart, at all. 

If they cared about the community, they would be building out local capabilities and talents rather than trying to make a quick buck from western volunteers. They wouldn’t be bringing in untrained (usually) white people from the West without any language skills or understanding of local cultural intricacies to a community that is most at need. Rather than siphoning resources toward making white people “feel good” about themselves and aligning their values with white supremacy and white savior-dom, instead they would be working to give that exact same business to local carpenters and construction workers. Or, worst case, they would bring in people using those same dollars to train community members so that they develop these critical skillsets for themselves and their community at large. Why not actually work in solidarity with a community and build together to improve and develop local capabilities in the longterm? Why must we instead center the white gaze and destructive paternalism, which is disempowering and harmful and only has one longterm impact: making the Western volunteers “feel good” about themselves for “saving the Africans”

It makes me sick.

I also think it’s just so indicative of the deepset narcissism that lies in white supremacy and Western global hegemony that somehow we think that we can “build a school” better than people who are actually from that community. You know the ones who intimately know their needs and those of their communities, far better than the volunteers swooping in for 2 weeks to “save” them. How sick is it that we presume that “expanding our global horizons” can come at any cost, including undermining the fabric of a community, breeding dependency, and pulling resources away from actually building out the longterm capabilities of the people in these communities? I discussed these topics at length with someone who worked in international NGOs for 7 years in Africa and who left incredibly jaded because she saw how the values of so many of these organization was focused on “more NGO, now” rather than doing the more important work of creating communities where the presence of NGOs fades progressively with time as these communities are empowered. 

The structure of the white savior industrial complex is one of disempowerment, damage and harm. Participating in it furthers this destruction and hurts these communities in the long run.

The vast majority of these international aid and development NGOs do not have our best interests at heart, and are simply there to make white people (and other Westerners) feel better for the “good deed” they did once in ~the third world~

It’s horrible.

As the IMF enforced structural adjustment and arm-twisted governments into cutting back on public spending on health, education, child care, development, the NGOs moved in. The Privatization of Everything has also meant the NGO-ization of Everything. As jobs and livelihoods disappeared, NGOs have become an important source of employment, even for those who see them for what they are. And they are certainly not all bad. Of the millions of NGOs, some do remarkable, radical work, and it would be a travesty to tar all NGOs with the same brush. However, the corporate or foundation-endowed NGOs are global finance’s way of buying into resistance movements, literally as shareholders buy shares in companies, and then try to control them from within. They sit like nodes on the central nervous system, the pathways along which global finance flows. They work like transmitters, receivers, shock absorbers, alert to every impulse, careful never to annoy the governments of their host countries. (The Ford Foundation requires the organizations it funds to sign a pledge to this effect.) Inadvertently (and sometimes advertently) they serve as listening posts, their reports and workshops and other missionary activity feeding data into an increasingly aggressive system of surveillance of increasingly hardening states. The more troubled an area, the greater the numbers of NGOs in it.
—  Arundhati Roy, Capitalism: A Ghost Story


“Projects ‘for the 90%’ mostly fall somewhere between two extremes: charity and business,” designer Gabriele Diamanti tells Co.Design. “Neither was my inspiration!” Instead, spurred on by his own extensive travel and friends’ involvement in NGOs, he developed a fascination with global water scarcity as a graduate student at Milan Polytechnic in 2005; he recently decided to pursue his interest again and the result is Eliodomestico, an open-source variation on a solar still.

It functions by filling the black boiler with salty sea water in the morning, then tightening the cap. As the temperature and pressure grows, steam is forced downwards through a connection pipe and collects in the lid, which acts as a condenser, turning the steam into fresh water. Once Diamanti established the fundamentals were sound, he experimented with a series of concepts for the aesthetic of the object. “My goal was to design something friendly and recognizable for the users,” he explains. “The process developed quite naturally to determine the current shape; every detail is there for a reason, so the form, as well as production techniques, represent a compromise between technical and traditional.” Primary field studies in sub-Saharan Africa revealed the habit of carrying goods on the head–also a common practice in other areas around the world–and this was integrated into Eliodomestico’s plan. And while solar stills aren’t a totally new concept, Diamanti says it’s rare to find them in a domestic context rather than in missions or hospitals, or as large plants overseen by qualified personnel that serve entire communities. “I tried to make something for a real household that could be operated directly by the families,” he says.

The project recently won a Core77 Design Award for Social Impact; already, Diamanti has received international feedback, and hopes to see locals adapt and modify the design to take advantage of their own readily available materials and native environments. “The idea is that instructions for the project can be delivered to craftsmen” with the help of NGOs, he says, then a micro-credit program could be established to finance small-scale start-ups specializing in production. “So the NGO is the spark, micro-credit is the fuse, the local craftsmen are the bomb!”


Josie Maran joins forces with Mary Alice Onyura, founder and executive director of ESVAK Community Development Initiatives in Kenya. 

Every year, Josie Maran creates a limited-edition beauty line to benefit a charity connected to somebody she calls “a model citizen of the world—someone who proves that doing good is a beautiful thing.” This year’s products are special African red rooibos-scented versions of her Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter, Argan Cleansing Oil, and 100% Pure Argan Oil. And this year’s model citizen is altruistic Kenyan community leader Mary Alice Onyura. The Sephora Glossy caught up with both trailblazing, community-minded women to hear more. BECKY PEDERSON

How did you two meet?
MARY ALICE ONYURA: I met Josie during the Empowerment Workshop at the Empowerment Institute. She made the bold and courageous step to visit [with me in] Kenya and not only observe but also actively participate in the training of the poorest of the poor women in Mathare, the oldest slum in Africa.
JOSE MARAN: Mary Alice is a force of nature. When I met her, her passion, courage, and commitment to empower women in some of the darkest places in the world moved me deeply. I am so happy to recognize and honor her as a Model Citizen.

What charity are you supporting this year?
JM: Ten percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Imagine Initiative to support women’s empowerment globally. In addition, proceeds will also provide Mary Alice with a $25,000 prize to further her work.
MO: I am founder and Executive Director of ESVAK Community Development Initiatives, a national NGO [that partners with the Imagine Initiative]. Currently, ESVAK works with marginalized rural and urban women in 24 of the 47 counties in Kenya.

You two also filmed a documentary together, Imagine: I Am And I Can.
JM: The film came about after I was introduced to the Imagine Initiative. I was incredibly inspired by the work the women of the initiative and blown away by the results they were having.  You can see it when it comes out on Mother’s Day.

How did you settle on this scent for the products?
JM: I’ve been a big fan of red rooibos tea for a long time. When we asked Mary Alice to be our Model Citizen, I asked her what scents she loved and she said African red rooibos, so I knew that it was meant to be!

Can we talk about the concept of beauty in Kenya? How do women value beauty products?
MO: Kenyan women like a beautiful, youthful look. They work hard to maintain this. The cosmetics industry is booming with emerging products. The Kenyan woman is currently more inclined to [try] products that contain more natural ingredients.

Just like Josie is! Do you think women can use their beauty to feel empowered?
MO: I most definitely think so. A beautiful skin is a sign of inner health. A healthy woman is attractive to others. [Receiving] appreciation from others gives a person confidence, which correlates to achievement.

So you think outer beauty is a reflection of inner beauty?
MO: Without inner beauty, there can be no authentic outer beauty. Inner beauty is strength, confidence, kindness, selflessness, compelling vision, hard work, passion…. If you feel good on the inside, it easily shows on the outside.


anonymous asked:

There's a joke out there about what's going on in the rest of the word while the USA becomes Panem and the hunger games start, but it brings up a good question. How believable is it for the rest of the world to ignore something like that? Or how believable is it for the rest of the world to cut off communication with the offending country and just pretend like they don't exist/let them fend for themselves/wait to come in and help at a later date?

It depends on what state the rest of the world is in. If, like pre-Panem USA, they’ve dealt with multiple wars on top of climate change, they could be only just recovering and aren’t in any state to help anyone but themselves. The rest of the world could also be fully developed/democratic/etc. and ignore Panem!USA because it overthrowing/reforming the government would require more money than anyone is willing to throw at.

At the same time, I’m sure some of the more developed countries would have NGOs and humanitarian individuals trying to infiltrate Panem and spread the good word, or at least make life easier. The Panem government would certainly be aware of other countries around the world and probably have a pretty vigorous foreign policy branch. Even if their foreign policy branch does nothing but keep foreigners out, they still need people staffing it.

I would study how the world interacts with North Korea for a real-world analogue. It’s pretty believable that the rest of the world will ignore a dystopian society as long as it keeps to itself. (Now imagine President Snow kidnapping a foreigner and threatening to send them to District 12 for hard labor unless other countries give him food.)

What is the most high status thing for a young woman of the blue tribe to do today? Probably to work for a global development NGO.

That is to say, to attend to the health, education, cultural enrichment and general welfare of children in the third world.

That is to say, to be a SAHM, but for someone else’s children.