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August 27, 2012

Campaigning on education and the Robin Hood Tax (and wise counsel from Dilbert)

August 27, 2012
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Keeping it visual and campaign-y today. First a nice 10 minute video on the role of civil society organizations in lobbying for better education (see previous education wonkwar debate if you want more analysis)

They certainly know a thing or two about campaigning in Germany, recently getting major German banks to drop commodity funds and (contrary to the stereotype) they even use humour, albeit in a rather disturbing way. Check out this new Robin Hood Tax video for a taster 

But if you think campaigning is just about ‘speaking truth to power’, it’s probably worth pondering this Dilbert cartoon.

dilbert truth to power


  1. Just to confirm then – the annual debilitating strikes (of students and teahcers) in Senegal are caused entirely by unreasonable national government policies.

    IMF / SAP severe restrictions on public sector pay and investment in education are a red herring.

    The poverty, loss of production and mass youth unemployment produced by the dependency on aid and mutliple trade injustices (western subsidies, dumping etc…) are also red herrings.

    The way forward is:

    Step 1 (already done): emmascualte the Senegalese state, civil society and job market through a long-term course of aid, the restricted access to trade equality and a ban on investment in the public sector (get rid of the gains made in the 60s and 70s).

    Step 2 (in progress): make sure everyone is clear that it is an overbearing state and a backwards society that is at fault.

    Step: bring in the western donor on its white horse (and make sure noone mentions step one anymore).

    This is another post that has caused me to question my grip on reality, my life and work experiences, my learning and my faith in being ‘humankind’.

    More wallpaper to cover over the elephant in the room and get back to the serious issues of fundraising.

  2. Great video on the right to education. From what I know about Uganda’s education system and the government, looks like they could benefit from the program.

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