On stretching metaphors in the field of international development

December 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

While preparing an article for publication just now I came across these gems:

[NGOs need to] get…out of the driving seat and learn…to trust their chosen partner’s navigational skills. Just because they paid to fill up the tank does not give NGOs the right to determine the route.

[The saying goes that] if you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, if you teach him to fish, you feed him for a lifetime, [but] what if that fisher is not a man but a woman? And what if she doesn’t own the water in which she is fishing?…[and] what if the NGO does not even know how to fish? (Eade, D. 2007 “Capacity building: Who builds whose capacity?” Development in Practice 17 (4) 630-639, cited in Ingram, Joanne 2011, “Volunteer tourism: How do we know it is ‘making a difference’?” in Angela M. Benson (ed.) Volunteer Tourism: Theory framework to practical applications, pages 217-8)

…Which make me feel better about my own stretching of the first of these metaphors during my Aid and Development classes this term.

Oh, and for another example of stretching a metaphor (in a slightly less meaningful way?) see this.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

What’s this?

You are currently reading On stretching metaphors in the field of international development at dropitintheocean.

meta

%d bloggers like this: