Basic problems of human development – on a micro-level:
- Lack of learning about the real needs of those who wish to develop. The conceptual level for aide-work is too distant from the needy populations.
- Wrong partners in development. The official donating structures tend to overlook corrupt officials in developing states. The private help-industry mostly partners with local elites who rarely care for needy populations.
- Excessive administrative personnel-cost is being declared as project-cost. Too little support reaches those, who really need it.
- Problematic sponsorship for children. Dilemma between effective advertising with individual children and practice beyond individual children.
Basic underlying problems – on a macro-level (in states and globally):
- It is more than doubtful, whether any aid program inflicted on the daily life of needy people is really desirable for true human development. Fighting the reasons behind poverty and misery can rarely be achieved through some healing programs. Political and administrative structures and framework-conditions are not sufficiently serving the common good but individual interests of powerful groups and states.
- Internationally agreed economic, ecological and social regimes are not matching – and: The United Nations are not created for people but for states.
- Basic truth
One basic truth on micro-levels:
Nothing can BE developed. All develops naturally from inside and below.
One basic truth on macro-levels:
A staircase must be cleaned from top to bottom.
For humanity to survive in peace, we must first develop a cosmic consciousness towards oneness of all in diversity and then promote the political creation of a legally binding fair and sustainable global order for a world in balance in the spirit of compassion and solidarity.
In the meantime, remaining idle is no solution:
Emergency aid and support for self-help initiatives of deprived people are intermediate needs.
Useful healing instruments are well structured micro-credits and micro-grants – formerly financed by the German development ministry, now (where possible) from private sources.
- and early basic child-centered education.
Peter Hesse – 2012