Development or Neocolonialism? Questioning our position as development workers in the Global North

Source: Obando & Faciolince, 2021
Source: Obando & Faciolince, 2021

Neocolonialism and Aid

“[My roommate from the US] had felt sorry for me even before she saw me. Her default position toward me as an African was a kind of patronizing well-meaning pity. She had a single story of Africa, a single story of catastrophe. In this single story there was no possibility of Africans being similar to her in any way, no possibility of feelings more complex than pity, no possibility of a connection as human equals. If I had not grown up in Nigeria, and if all I knew about Africa was from popular images, I too would think that Africa was a place of beautiful landscapes, beautiful animals and incomprehensible people fighting senseless wars, dying of poverty and AIDS, unable to speak for themselves and waiting to be saved by a kind, white foreigner.”

Neocolonialism and Conservation

Now what?

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