Who works for INGOs?


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  1. Matt,

    I don't think people are being critical of NGO workers because they earn a lot of money saving the poor. The problem is one of fund allocation. People give because they are made to believe that their money is going to lift out of misery that little girls with the sad eyes on the poster, not for INGO workers to enjoy nice meal and comfy bed (not how much importance is given to the % going in to administrative cost, always as little as possible to convince donors that the money goes to the recipient)

    Of course the problem is a bit more complex and two-folds.

    First, if NGO would change the way they advertise their work people would be less suspicious and cynical.

    Second, if NGO would explain that you need qualified people to do the job, you need a good admin if only to save on cost, that qualifications need to be recognised and therefore justify salary, then people would be more understanding. This is another reason to be suspicious of "volunteers" who haven't got a clue about what they are doing and cost more in time and money than professionals.

    Instead we get the girl with the sad eyes…

    Now there is another side of "better paid" NGO workers you need to look into. That of the locals working for NGO where they get much better salaries than local working for government offices. NGO are well known to attract and drain skilled worker from where they are need (the field and the communities) towards the capital where they will get better salaries writing report under the supervision of expats.

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