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.
Since there is already an “enormous number of charities in the world,” most of which compete with other charities for our hard-earned donations, does it make any sense for celebrities to create their own charities?
The Canada Revenue Agency wants to hear from Canadians regarding its controversial auditing of charities’ political activities. Canadians’ feedback will lead to “the development of new guidance or educational resources for charities on the rules governing political activities.”
Lack of transparency in philanthropic foundations, which cost taxpayers, raises ethical questions, argues Elizabeth Cham, an Honorary Fellow at the UTS Business School, University of Technology Sydney.
Andrew Rudd, a lecturer in English at the University of Exeter, explains why we still give to charity when the “direct connection between the individual giver and the recipient has broken down”.