Day 7: KONY 2012 – Interesting Debate

If you can possibly spare the time, I strongly encourage you to watch this video:

KONY 2012 from INVISIBLE CHILDREN on Vimeo.

It’s very powerful. I really want to do something.

HOWEVER…

Whilst I whole heartedly believe something should be done, I’m a little unnerved by this blog that has actually been blocked by Facebook. Please take the time to read it. Here’s a brief taster:

Invisible Children has been condemned time and time again. As a registered not-for-profit, its finances are public. Last year, the organization spent $8,676,614. Only 32% went to direct services (page 6), with much of the rest going to staff salaries, travel and transport, and film production. This is far from ideal, and Charity Navigator rates their accountability 2/4 stars because they haven’t had their finances externally audited. But it goes way deeper than that.

I’ll be honest. I don’t know what to think. Does anyone else have any thoughts on this?

I love that people are pulling together to try and make a difference in the world though. That’s how it should be. Definitely.

 

 

(UPDATE 08/03/12: Invisible Children have posted this statement on their website. I’m very pleased to see this!)

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4 thoughts on “Day 7: KONY 2012 – Interesting Debate

  1. Thanks for this Dave. Like you, I agree that Kony is evil and he needs to be stopped. BUT when I read $8,676,614 has been spent and only 32% goes to direct services and they are supporters of the Ugandan Army, I have to think twice. It remains to be seen if the the Ugandan Army is the Lords Liberation Army or another Ugandan Army. If it is the LRA then I have very, very, very serious misgivings about this Kony group.

    In terms of the millions spent, did you know that £400,000 would open, run, staff one rescue centre & house those rescued from trafficking for 1 year? That money would be better spent with Hope For Justice who want to open these rescue centres all over the UK.

    Just my thoughts. Thanks for bringing a balanced argument.

  2. It’s a complex issue. I’m not sure it’s the finances that are a problem – they are a charity who raise awareness through media films etc, not who actively go and give aid.

    Obviously there are issues with helping a possilby evil/corrupt/bad army, but I think I would go for the thought that surely doing something is better than nothing?

    The guy who has organised the campaign obviously have a very strong personal convicition through his conversations/promise to his friend.

    So yeh, there are potential problems to his solution – but he’s trying to do something good in the world, so fair play to him.

  3. I think expenses going to travel, transport and filming are part of what the charity is about: raising awareness. In this sort of situation I would think that direct services, without the backing of global leaders and the UN would be somewhat futile and therefore their main objective is to provide information. It is frustrating because I would like to see the charity taking more direct action, but there is so much more that needs to be done before this can take place. I say we should support them regardless.

  4. The plot seems to be even stranger, apparently Kony isn’t even in Uganda anymore?!

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/uganda/9131469/Joseph-Kony-2012-growing-outrage-in-Uganda-over-film.html

    To be honest I think the way such an inspiring video has gone round facebook/ twitter and the way so many people have been shaken to make a difference is pretty inspiring in itself – just proves that humanity does have good left in it! Totally agree with all of the above comments too. It has made me incredibly proud of Project 125 and the support we have given to Hope for Justice because I know we are already a group of people who want to step out and make a difference!

    Loving the blog lately btw! 🙂

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