From SAIH, a solidarity organisation of students and academics in Norway.. SAIH focuses on education in development cooperation, as well as North/South information and political advocacy in Norway. See also: http://vimeo.com/user5290987.
You too can donate your radiator and spread some warmth! http://www.africafornorway.com/
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The video is made by The Norwegian Students' and Academics' International Assistance Fund (www.saih.no).
With the cooperation of Operation Day's Work (www.od.no). With funding
from The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and The
Norwegian Children and Youth Council (LNU). Music by Wathiq Hoosain.
Lyrics by Bretton Woods (www.developingcountry.org). Video by Ikind
Imagine if every person in Africa saw the "Africa for Norway" video and this was the only information they ever got about Norway. What would they
think about Norway?
If we say Africa, what do you think about?
Hunger, poverty, crime or AIDS? No wonder, because in fundraising
campaigns and media that's mainly what you hear about.
pictures we usually see in fundraisers are of poor African children.
Hunger and poverty is ugly, and it calls for action. But while these
images can engage people in the short term, we are concerned that many
people simply give up because it seems like nothing is getting better.
Africa should not just be something that people either give to, or give
The truth is that there are many positive developments in
African countries, and we want these to become known. We need to change
the simplistic explanations of problems in Africa. We need to educate
ourselves on the complex issues and get more focus on how western
countries have a negative impact on Africa's development. If we want to
address the problems the world is facing we need to do it based on
knowledge and respect.