RADI-AID: Africa for Norway

Watch this short video please:

http://www.africafornorway.no/
“The video is made by The Norwegian Students’ and Academics’ International Assistance Fund (www.saih.no). With the cooperation of Operation Day’s Work (www.od.no). With funding from The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and The Norwegian Children and Youth Council (LNU). Music by Wathiq Hoosain. Lyrics by Bretton Woods (www.developingcountry.org). Video by Ikind Productions (www.ikindmedia.com) Music Producer”

Summary of the explanation of the video:

Imagine if Africans see this video and this is the only information they ever got about Norway? What would they think about Norway? And what do people think when they hear the word ‘Africa’? Probably hunger, poverty and AIDS? ! No wonder because this is the only thing media talks about.

These images can engage people on short term but probably many people will give up because it seems like nothing is getting better. There is a need to educate ourselves on the complex issues and get more focus on how western countries have a negative impact on Africa’s development. If people want to address the problems the world is facing we need to do it based on knowledge and respect.

Comments:

This video demonstrates perfectly how people see development aid. They see hunger, so they send food, they think the problem is solved and they feel great about it (like music for life is a big party)! But the real problem isn’t hunger but they lack of ability to buy or produce food themselves. People don’t get the bigger picture. Sending some food probably will prevent people of dying the next day but it won’t solve the problem on long term. To solve problems we indeed need to do it based on knowledge and respect! For example we can show them respect by listening to them, and In this way we also will be able the detect the real problem(s)!

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4 thoughts on “RADI-AID: Africa for Norway

  1. deckersbram says:

    Very funny clip with certainly a big truth inside. Just like in your last blog I feel that it is important for people to see the big picture and the truth.

  2. tijlcrauwels says:

    I don’t really agree here, Where RADI-AID sais stop the stereotypes, it isn’t a stereotype if it’s true. There are people dying of starvation, of AIDS, etc. Furthermore I don’t think there are a lot of people actually sending food to Africa. But they send money to organisations who buy food. As mentioned in my previous replies I think there has to be a combination of both.
    I think the video is a big exageration, and there are a lot of people in Africa that actually rely on the food being sent. That the problems have more to do with the fundamentals of taking care of their own is correct, but you can’t fix it on the short term. So for that you will still need to help the people who are starving etc, and for that you need the food, or other shortterm help they send.

    • Of course they don’t sent actually food, but you know what I meant. The problem is that their is a not clear communication. People think that just by giving some money the contributed in such a way that it benefits them for long term. Which is not true. And it is the intention to exaggerate, otherwise you don’t get the peoples attentions. With the rest of you’re opinion I totally agree.

  3. gabuglio says:

    I find the video a little bit ridiculous and more of a stunt than a real cry for help.
    As you state in your blog the video is made by The Norwegian Students’ and Academics’ International Assistance Fund (www.saih.no). With the cooperation of Operation Day’s Work (www.od.no). With funding from The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and The Norwegian Children and Youth Council (LNU).

    I really would like to know what the relation of these people is with the real African culture except the colour of their skin, and this is not ment to be racist.
    I just hardly doubt it that people in Africa where there is so much hunger, poverty, sickness,…worry about the troubles in a prosperous country as Norway.
    The message sent a radiator is also in my opinion ridiculous. How are you going to send a radiator and the people over there don’t have much so they aren’t going to give away stuff.

    I also think the subject of aid is being milked out here.
    It is clear that the opinions are divided and to be honest, I don’t think this is going to change. In fact no one of us knows enough about what really happens with the contribution we may give. So it will be difficult to convince the people about your opinion.

    My opinion is that structural help is definitely necessary but to achieve this there has to be at first some level of health and wealth.

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