Many people have already weighed in on the Kony2012 campaign launched by Invisible Children, but there are so many lessons it offers to other activists and cause-related NGOs that it is worth revisiting with a critical eye. After all, although we may not want to admit it (or we may think it is…
It is a long read, but it is a most interesting read and analysis at the problems faced by those campaigning for social justice, whether it be for KONY2012 or other cause-related NGOs.
While financing is crucial, we can’t assume a direct link between governments having more money and progress towards the MDGs. The existence of good institutions to design, implement and evaluate policies is crucial. Such institutions need to be able to raise revenue so that poverty reduction can be sustained in the medium and long term.
There are some important lessons here for the designers of the framework that follows on from the MDGs – a framework that must tackle inequality as well as poverty.