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  • Did you hear we halved poverty while we were all distracted by Invisible Children? And nine other things that actually happened this week | Jina Moore
    Mali it notes citing a recent UN assessment and to piracy in the Gulf of Guinea That s right Pirates advance on great white saviors Pirates checkmate Bonus points for IPI which tell us what we can do rather than wring our hands and feel guilty or not guilty or guilty about not feeling guilty or questionable making others feel guilty about the guilt others try to put on them er work it out according to whatever made you angriest on the Internet So what can we do to stop these two burgeoning crises Send planes to the Sahel and patrol boats to the Gulf says IPI And maybe some radar and comms equipment That s less a matter of political will than a requisition order Who s on it I know I know a request ion requires political will Yes yes clever 7 The UN claims to have met the clean water Millennium Development Goal and scientists rebut The World Bank says the world met the Millennium Development poverty goal 8 The maternal mortality MDG however looked pretty awful from Gobah Liberia Yesterday I visited a clinic there in the same county as the capital that doesn t have a microscope malaria meds for kids 5 10 or water That s right water Read about it over on the project page for our Pulitzer Center collaborative project on reproductive health in Africa later today 9 Sam Bell who knows a thing or two to say the least about what it means to do American advocacy on African atrocities wrote a moving tribute to Representative Donald Payne a long time Sudan and Africa advocate who died on Tuesday Bell s tribute is itself an insightful reflection on some of the challenges of advocacy 10 Ashley Judd listened to this awesome radio piece I did about some incredible Congolese women busting through the countryside to bring women s news to the airwaves Did you If after all of this you re still thinking about the LRA I urge you to read this piece by indefatigable Elizabeth Rubin This piece is from 1998 when the LRA was still in Uganda kidnapping children at night Not that being in Congo and the CAR and raping women and looting villages is any less of a crime Just saying note the time flashback Also it s amazing journalism Thanks Nicholas Thompson for freeing it from behind the New Yorker s paywall Meanwhile I find these two things to be the most lasting said as the Internet exploded this week Photographer Glenna Gordon who took the only still picture of Invisible Children you ve ever seen was interviewed about the photo by the Washington Post Answering a question about whether this IC stuff is all neo colonial Gordon said I don t think they think there is a problem with the idea that they are colonial This photo is the epitome of it like we are even going to hold your guns for you And novelist

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  • When America says “genocide,” does anyone care? | Jina Moore
    on the ground Another is that it is unwise to place so much stock in a label even one as potent as genocide Let s bold that first one It is time to question the assumption that whatever the U S government says or does not say will determine outcomes on the ground PS If this piques your interest you should follow Hamilton s website Tags Darfur genocide Share on Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google LinkedIn Email Bio Latest Posts Jina Moore By way of introduction the word jina means name in Swahili and the overcomer in Sanskrit Global Women s Rights reporter BuzzFeedNews Africa adjacent Website Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Instagram Latest Posts By Jina Moore Turns out FGM is for men Praise posts From the Department of Gentle Suggestions Previous article Order of Ghastliness This week in Numbers Masquerading as Meaningful Next article Did you hear we halved poverty while we were all distracted by Invisible Children And nine other things that actually happened this week You may also like A preliminary PEPFAR roundup and come add your ideas If you want to coverthenight also read this Beyond Kony2012 Advocacy Activism and Africa The Terminator in Tanzania 6 Comments DNF says August 17 2011 at 10 18 am I m surprised that anyone would think that whatever the U S government says or does not say will determine outcomes on the ground if you had wonders about it before especially with regard to genocide or any other humanitarian issue they should have been completely demolished by Samantha Power s book some ten years ago Reply Jina Moore says August 17 2011 at 11 35 am Actually I think that s exactly backward Hamilton s piece and more broadly her book which you should definitely check out for more on this suggests that what was suggested after Rwanda is that what the US says does matter That suggestion comes primarily from Power s book which forcefully argues that if the United States had mustered the will to be linguistically honest about Rwanda it might also have taken more robust and potentially life saving action In fact Power s research demonstrates that the U S avoided the word precisely because it did not want to take action Other scholars have argued that the kind of action American denials avoided may have helped save lives Hamilton is instead pointing out an irony that following the what we should have done viz Rwanda playbook didn t have the real world effect in Darfur that may believe it would have had in Rwanda Reply DNF says August 17 2011 at 12 29 pm You are of course absolutely right about Power s argument In my hastily written response I failed to make clear that I never really thought that actually using the word genocide would ultimately make much difference While previous US administrations had been hesitant to use the word in part of out fear that doing so would trigger obligations to intervene they ve

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  • “Order of Ghastliness”: This week in Numbers Masquerading as Meaningful | Jina Moore
    seems to feel that aid professionals academics health workers policymakers journalists and development specialists who they list as their poll respondents are all gender experts I know a few people employed as gender experts who might disagree The poll literally began this way pdf methodology What in your opinion are the five most dangerous countries in the world for women The level of non information this poll represents is hard to overstate A question like that tells us at best what a set of people perceive to be the most dangerous countries in the world The headline for that poll is Afghanistan perceived by gender experts as most dangerous place to be a woman A measure of perception might be interesting in a conversation about how development workers journalists or aid workers frame the world based on their opinions and biases Or not That s usually how polls are presented with an acknowledgment that they are measuring perceptions Here s a few leads from Gallup s website Americans satisfaction with the way things are going in the country fell to 20 in early June Minnesota Rep Michele Bachmann is currently recognized by 62 of Republicans nationwide The economy and unemployment nearly tied in Americans perceptions of the nation s most important problem Gallup doesn t say that the economy is Americans most important problem But the Trustlaw poll forgets it s a poll it thinks it s a truth Violence dismal healthcare and brutal poverty make Afghanistan the world s most dangerous country for women with Congo a close second due to horrific levels of rape a Thomson Reuters Foundation expert poll said on Wednesday The BBC Newshour also interviewed Madu Kishwa founding editor of Manushi A journal about women and society who took umbrage at the fact that India was ranked fourth worse than Somalia Among her very impassioned and cogent arguments against the poll was this observation People build entire careers on atrocity mongering Arguably the very kinds of people Reuters polled in fact including of course journalists Kishwa also pointed out that Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was a woman Villa responded by saying that Kishwa is right But it doesn t bar the fact that 100 million women are involved in trafficking in India and 50 million girls are missing because of female infanticide and the abortion of female fetuses Villa s also right But here s the problem her charade of information does not resolve How are you supposed to responsibly balance these truths against each other in order to determine how bad a place is What s the value of a female prime minister At what rate does a female prime minister offset to borrow a cliche about another part of the awful to be a woman world a rape epidemic And can you disassociate the value of a woman in a leadership role from the culture in which she retains that role And if not how do you quantify that value in a

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  • Numbers Masquerading as Meaningful | Jina Moore
    By Jina Moore We re all watching the DR Congo with baited breath The recent presidential election or process that has borne the name has sparked unrest and Read More Activism African Great Lakes Human Rights Journalism Numbers Masquerading as Meaningful West Africa June 15 2011 Order of Ghastliness This week in Numbers Masquerading as Meaningful By Jina Moore When I and others wrote recently about a problematic study allegedly

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  • Sometimes, a girl’s gotta stick up for change | Jina Moore
    comments section We both had interesting things to say so I welcome you on over there Also leave your two cents Or like me two dollars Those of you who read me here bless all three of you know I m no advocacy cheerleader I annoy even myself with my skepticism sometimes But sometimes even a skeptic has to acknowledge incremental if imperfect progress Share on Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google LinkedIn Email Bio Latest Posts Jina Moore By way of introduction the word jina means name in Swahili and the overcomer in Sanskrit Global Women s Rights reporter BuzzFeedNews Africa adjacent Website Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Instagram Latest Posts By Jina Moore Turns out FGM is for men Praise posts From the Department of Gentle Suggestions Previous article Can diamonds be a socially responsible girl s best friend again Next article Happy Birthday 1325 or Why women in Burundi won t let me be cynical about some UN resolutions You may also like Women Refugees in Europe Are Told Rape Is Definitely Not the Problem An Aid Worker Fights for Justice After Being Raped in South Sudan A preliminary PEPFAR roundup and come add your ideas 2 Comments Brad says October 25 2010 at 2 54 pm This post is so awesome I wasn t comfortable with the change org piece either but I didn t really know enough to know why so it s great that you laid it out in the comments over there But moreover taking on your editor and drawing fire from your own blog is pure excitement Reply Jina Moore says October 25 2010 at 3 12 pm Thanks Brad I appreciate your kind words As for pure excitement well I went about it rather tamely I guess having sent my objections to him first by

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  • The alleged power of one | Jina Moore
    anything from the crises in Darfur and Congo and beyond to getting bikes to kids in Tanzania deserve to be taken seriously How do the rest of us help leverage what those with good intentions want to and clearly simply will do One more thing At a certain point the Hughses decision to send bicycles to Tanzania or the private decision of dozens of expat workers I know in countries in the Great Lakes who send the children of their guards their house help of their friends to school or who pay the university fees for a friend who s an orphan of war or who volunteer tutoring children in English or math These are decisions that are fundamentally about human relationships They are an expression of something I won t presume to label it as I think it s probably also very personal When I did this article about tourism in the Millennium Village in Rwanda I started with Tom s skepticism and with a host of intellectual objections to the enterprise I was surprised to find them challenged by the very real connection that the people in the village felt with the tourists who stayed in touch sometimes even sending pictures and small gifts For the Rwandans there it was very real And for the tourists who bother trying to get a framed picture of a farmer from Sydney to Nyamata one presumes it s equally real I m all for aid and media critiques I m all for all of us asking for better foreign policy better interventions better conversation and by better I mean things that make a tangible positive impact on the lives of the people on whose behalf we are moved to thought and action But I m also for acknowledging that there is meaning and importance is the small scale human endeavor It may not be perfect but I think it s based on exactly the kind of human connection we re all hoping might the basis for change UPDATE Tom confirms his name is Tom which I thought but suddenly couldn t remember as I typed does that ever happen to you and then you just don t use the person s name and hope they won t notice Yeah So I ve changed my impersonal references to personal ones and apologize for being a moron I also bolded a few things to help a weary reader along Sometimes my blog posts are longer than articles I m allowed to write Maybe the bold helps Maybe it looks stupid Not sure Experimenting Tom and I have had some banter about this which culminated in a new post of mine here and in which you can find links to said banter Tags bikes futility tanzania Share on Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google LinkedIn Email Bio Latest Posts Jina Moore By way of introduction the word jina means name in Swahili and the overcomer in Sanskrit Global Women s Rights reporter BuzzFeedNews Africa adjacent Website

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  • Why Enough will always get Congo “wrong” — and why we should maybe thank them for it | Jina Moore
    need political will in the room When it grows it seems to grow exponentially but not unless it s there every time And at the risk of sounding like an idiot let s keep in mind that political will is uh political It often gets bandied about as if it were a synonym for do the right thing and it s not The motives of those who muster that will can be multiple and they are certainly varied That doesn t make the choice to do something necessary any less worthy just as good intentions don t make the choice to do something stupid any less stupid All of this is not to let badvocacy off the hook entirely Advocates should do a better job of us reassuring the rest of us who aren t the target grassroots audience who can point to Goma on a map in one try that they know the difference between the politics and the policy We assume that when our Senators get to Washington they have discussions of greater depth and nuance than their 30 second TV spots And while that too may be naive it s probably also the backbone of American democracy so I m going with it What the rest of us can do a better job of us capitalizing on the interest they create and moving that interest toward nuanced policy On Congo minerals I m encouraged by the room to do exactly this that Jason Stearns describes in his annotation of the new legislation Since ENOUGH has led the Congo charge and takes brings on itself a lot of the heat of advocacy criticism I ll mention I actually think they ve got a promising model I ve talked with some of the group s staff who aren t out traveling the jungle with a 60 Minutes crew and they re damn smart John Prendergast could do us all a favor by keeping mum a little more often but he s writing the op eds not the policy memos The fact that the organization knows the difference and exploits it seems to me at the very least promising sometimes even effective Presuming you accept the advocacy as politics hypothesis Meanwhile I would say we journalists can do better Journalists should no more let advocates frame an issue in a way that suits their interests than we should let politicians Though we can t all run to Congo and vet the mineral chains ourselves alas And if I may the missing attributions unnecessarily vague details unnamed sources and other weaknesses of the latest Enough blog post from Congo remind that issues still need journalism no matter what the advocacy model Tags cell phones coltan conflict minerals lra tantalum Share on Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google LinkedIn Email Bio Latest Posts Jina Moore By way of introduction the word jina means name in Swahili and the overcomer in Sanskrit Global Women s Rights reporter BuzzFeedNews Africa adjacent Website Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Instagram

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  • Activism | Jina Moore | Page 2
    One Obama now has a war atrocities czar formally known as Read More Activism Aid Journalism NGOs March 5 2010 Creepiest Google searcher ever and a confidentiality conundrum By Jina Moore Like a lot of bloggers weird Google search terms will send people my way I used the word thighs in a blog headline once Read More Activism Human Rights UN January 2 2010 Does the Holocaust teach us anything about modern day genocide Oh and happy new year By Jina Moore Things are quiet on this blog while we re preparing for a server transfer and redesign But here s a nice graph from a piece in Read More Activism September 15 2009 Eat Fast for Darfur By Jina Moore In February when I was in Kigali a Rwandan friend came over for dinner and he was surprised that I was eating He was Read More Activism September 8 2009 An antidote for cynicism By Jina Moore As some of you may vouch for I m often working out my personal duality bouncing back and forth between hands in the air cynicism and body clenched optimism Read More Activism August 14 2009 I totally would ve joined the Refugee Run but I m way overqualified By Jina Moore You remember the refugee run right Where all the political big shots at the Global Risk Forum could learn what it s really like Earlier Read More Activism Elsewhere August 1 2009 Deja vu about genocide Or why it s okay to sleep with a racist By Jina Moore Yesterday Assistant Secretary of State Philip Crowley and the press had a little battle Some of it might sound familiar CROWLEY On that second point Read More Activism NGOs July 28 2009 One year of corruption in Africa 704 million years of

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