The ongoing global rollout of life-saving vaccines no longer guarantees victory over COVID-19 as new "variants of concern" are now emerging and rapidly spreading worldwide, "putting current pandemic control efforts, including vaccination, at risk of being derailed," a group of leading health experts from around the world argues in this joint op-ed.
Bill Gates and other billionaires "often use philanthropy to increase their own wealth while providing only marginal benefits to society, often increasing inequality around them — all while patting themselves on the back."
More than 1,100 women living and working within the international aid sector in 81 countries have signed an open letter demanding that women be "taken seriously by men and decision makers in humanitarian and development organizations".
The Oxfam sexual exploitation scandal signals the arrival of the moment for an honest public conversation about charities' role in society, the white saviour mentality, gender relations, charity accountability, and the impact of western aid and power in developing countries.
Like political campaign contributions, today's self-interested foreign aid often supports badly-designed development projects, imposes foreign investor-friendly policies on recipient countries, facilitates access to intended beneficiaries' resources, helps aid-giving countries to look good on the world stage, all the while making unquestioning taxpayers in aid giving countries feel good about their supposed generosity.
The Tax Justice Network’s 2018 Financial Secrecy Index says Canada’s financial system is less transparent than that of notorious tax havens and countries often portrayed as corrupt by the mainstream media, such as China, Russia and Kenya. That makes Canada one of the key facilitators of illicit financial flaws, global financial crimes. and increasing global inequality.
Some critics argue that the neo-liberal policies advanced by powerful non-governmental organizations, NGOs, limit states' influence and sovereignty while benefiting NGOs. In Africa, NGOs also place Africans at the mercy of donors.