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After Kony 2012: Three ways NGOs can work with Africans as equals

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2. Refuse to portray people as victims

In the 1990s, a consortium of NGOs developed and signed the Code of Conduct for humanitarian relief. They pledged themselves to fight against exploitative “aid pornography.”

Kony 2012 threatens to erode these attempts. Its narcissism promotes the false and dangerous belief that Westerners are heroes rather than the equals of Africans, resulting in new forms of paternalism and external control.

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