Fed up of #Phony2012? Some better alternatives for your donations and solidarity

After posting a collection of critiques of #TheFilmThatShallNotBeNamed, I feel it is incumbent on me to suggest some alternative ways to donate money and stand in solidarity with the people of Uganda.

a. Since this is a blog primarily about landmines and mine action, I want to highlight the work of the Uganda Landmine Survivors Association, a local NGO  “focused primarily on advocacy and victim assistance throughout Uganda.” Instead of putting uninformed white Americans at the center of its work, ULSA’s “vision is of empowered survivors … who can attain better living conditions and are able to advocate for themselves at all levels.” ULSA is headed by Margaret Arach Orech, who survived an LRA ambush and has dedicated her life to fight for the rights of civilians affected by war.

b. Mennonite Central Committee does an excellent job in Uganda rooting its support in the local context, maintaining an ethic of humility, service and partnership with local organizations, instead of self-aggrandizement. Among their local partners is the Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Initiative which has been instrumental in the northern Uganda peace effort.

c. Refugee Law Project of Makerere University does fantastic research and advocacy on issues faced by “all asylum seekers, refugees, and internally displaced persons within Uganda.” While they involve foreign academics, they are rooted in the country and are dedicated to careful, accurate research. See, for example, their publications page.

d. to whom it may concern has a list of people and organizations doing good work in Uganda.

e. If you are looking for information, seek out the work of genuine scholars, for example, the following articles and books: Schomerus et al in Foreign Affairs, the latest International Crisis Group report, Chris Dolan’s in-depth studyAllen and Vlassenroot’s book and Sverker Finnstrom’s monograph as well as the blogs I highlighted in yesterday’s post. For a longer reading list, visit Chris Blattman’s blog.

f. As you watch videos, view pictures, read articles, talk to people, try to think critically about them. Whose voices are being privileged? Who is not being heard? How does it portray ‘The Other‘, ‘The Self’? For guidance on this line of inquiry, view Unmuted‘s “Before You Give, Think!”

~ by Matthew Bolton on 10 March 2012.

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