Letters from Malawi: The NGOs doing more harm than good

Will explains why, with their high salaries, some NGOs are putting a delicate economy in jeopardy.

by William Mitting
Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

I have just come back from a few meetings in Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi. Blantyre, Malawi's financial capital, is an exciting and prosperous city that breathes business. Lilongwe is a dull city that's overfed on aid. My internet connection's far too slow to ascertain exactly how much aid flows into the tree lined boulevards of Lilongwe - but it's a hell of a lot.

I'm not an aid detractor, as my last blog affirms, but walking the streets of Lilongwe, I have the overwhelming urge to send a strongly-worded letter to Bono. Everywhere you look, Western NGO workers drive around in the latest top-of-the-range four-by-four demi-tanks, with their organisation or charity's name emblazoned across the sides, without a hint of embarrassment at the irony. [CONTINUES]


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Letters from Malawi: The NGOs doing more harm than good

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