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Why grassroots activists should resist being ‘professionalised’ into an NGO

Businessman pointing on NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) signHuman rights activists are lured by donor funding to become ‘professional’ NGOs. But efficient doesn’t necessarily mean effective

by Sunil Babu Pant, The Guardian, July 7, 2017

Activists from the global south hear, far too often, from our donors that we should “learn how to become professional” and “make NGO management efficient”. Let’s decode what that means.

Professional means “a person engaged or qualified in a profession”. Donors would like you to be a “professional” activist and want to see you approaching human rights work as a profession. Read the rest of this entry

The Revolution Will Not Be Funded (Excerpts)

New Brunswick Dec 2 fire flag drum

Mi’kmaq warriors at tire fire blockade during resistance to exploratory seismic testing for fracking, New Brunswick, December 2013.

It’s time to liberate activists from the nonprofit industrial complex

The nonprofit system has tamed a generation of activists. They’ve traded in grand visions of social change for salaries and stationery; given up recruiting people to the cause in favor of writing grant proposals and wooing foundations; and ceded control of their movements to business executives in boardrooms. Read the rest of this entry