General Anthropology Division
Volunteered - Oral Presentation Session
International aid funding has allowed for select issues to be brought into the forefront of transnational interaction and allowed for those issues to shape global conversations. This publicity is often seen as the best course of action towards effective and efficient change when addressing these issues, especially in the sphere of global health. Is there a limit to how much positive change international aid can bring? When the international aid providers have opposing experiences to the realities on the ground for community-based health organizations the aid provided is directed from these differing perspectives the aid is not going to be solely beneficial. The complications of these conflicting realities are further complexed by the superiority that international aid funders have. The unwillingness to listen and compromise with the local organizations creates a space where positive growth is inhibited, and frustrations grow. When continued funding is dependent on the ability of local organizations to meet the desires of the international aid funders, the underlying issues that are contributing to the global health concern are not addressed. This becomes a cyclical problem because the only way for local organizations to receive international aid funding, which in order to keep the local organizations have to comply with the requirements and expectations of the international aid funders.