Development cooperation talks 2015


Topic: Exchanging Female Genital Mutilation for microcredit in Sudan! Is Development co-operation a win – win trade?

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 / SOS Children's Villages Hermann Gmeiner Academy / 3:30 – 5:00 pm

She is a clinical Psychologist based in Innsbruck. Believing she has received enough good things in life, she decided to give back to society some of the good things she received. She sought for ways and found one in the association called EMotion, which by motto says: get out of yourself and do something good! The good she decides to give back is to contribute to the eradication of female genital mutilation, beginning with Sudan. 

The foundations of the mission’s success she discovers in assisting poor women in Sudan begin the journey to economic self-sufficiency. She starts them off with microcredit as well as  financial assistance for the school education of their children - both boys and girls. Her grand aim is that, by doing this, female genital mutilation in Sudan will be evaded.

Exchanging Female Genital Mutilation for microcredit

Is Development cooperation always a win-win enterprise? What can be the nature of the possible things to be won? The speaker is invited to tell us what the wins expected of development cooperation exercises could be as well as how these wins can be generated. She will also reveal to us the underlying operating strategies she adopts to extract the best possible outcome out of her humanitarian work with women in Sudan. In the exercise of her passionate engagements for development in Sudan, she encounters things which, by law, are forbidden but in practice are supported by culture and tradition. For instance, despite the prohibition by many Islamic communities of female genital mutilation as an act of violation of female human integrity, many Muslims in Sudan still adopt this practice by appealing to culture and tradition. Faced with such conditions and coupled with seeming “trade-off measures” she adopts in enforcing respect for the Rights of the Child, does she oftentimes find herself taking a tight rope walk between humanitarian aid giving and cultural intervention in her region of operation?

What we can expect?

The speaker narrates how she handles such challenges will tell more deeply about what she adopts as the best suitable strategies of operation in such conditions as well as about other possibilities of action open to her to overcoming the seeming mouse trap in her social and cultural intervention in Sudan. She will also go a long way to reveal what it looks like to use the precepts of legal prescriptions to come to terms with cultural traits in her humanitarian work in Sudan.

Benefits to us

Reflecting on the conditions most of us face in their daily work practice, the question worth asking here is: Do we, SOS Children’s Villages, also encounter such situations in our multicultural areas of work? And if yes, how do we effectively go about it respectively and generally?

You are invited to this, surely enriching exchange.