Dr Karambu Ringera (IPI) & Inemarie Dekker (iMPACT direct)

International development wants to contribute to people having equal opportunities around the world; for example to access education, health care or a clean environment. That’s the vision that many nonprofits and development workers share. Yet, working for years in development cooperation ourselves, we experienced that the sector in itself is unequal. In turn, leading to ineffective collaboration, projects and results. Time to change!

Below we show this systemic inequality in international development, based on data. We explain from our own experiences thus, from a Dutch and Kenyan perspective. But we also look into what can be alternatives instead.

The decision-making power is not with local NGOs

When I…


Donating directly to an African nonprofit. It is possible as from 7th August 2020, through the website of iMPACT direct. Moreover, the nonprofits will set the goals on where to spend the money on, as well as share unedited and unfiltered updates at the website. This is how generously made donations become faster, cheaper and more effective.

https://impactdirect.eu

And that is unusual, according to Inemarie Dekker, initiator of iMPACT direct:

“As an individual donor from the Netherlands, I can only choose to donate through a Dutch NGO or a small private initiative.”

Years have gone by with public debates discussing the…


Or how they could support it instead | Or how to get around it

12 June, we’re ready to start iMPACT Direct! In six weeks’ time Isaac, Richard and me set up the first prototype for donors to donate directly to 4 highly professional participating NGOs in Ghana and Kenya.

Today, it’s 1st of August. It took us another seven weeks (!) at 10 different financial and fintech providers to get a bank account and a donation button. That meant:

  • Exploring all the opportunities that are there (a whole lot — we checked around 30 options).
  • Researching their websites for what is possible and what isn’t.
  • And then emailing them or calling them several…


France secures access to markets in its 14 former colonies in Africa, to this date, 57 years after independence. Benefits are of commercial interest: access to resources and markets. Mechanisms to support this are a shared currency (the CFA-franc), military presence, secret diplomacy and marketing its language. But … change is on the rise.

Photo: Macron visiting Burkinabe students (Nov 2017) Source: www.mambolook.com/burkina-faso

While researching about the CFA-franc, I wondered: why does France make all these efforts? And who benefits from it? Sceptics told me that 1) France hardly benefits from francophone Africa these days; that 2) a stable currency like CFA is a blessing for weak African economies…


A cette date, 57 ans après l’indépendance, la France sécurise l’accès aux marchés dans ses 14 anciennes colonies en Afrique. Les bénéfices sont de nature commercial: l’accès aux ressources et aux marchés. Les mécanismes pour appuyer cela sont une monnaie partagée (le franc CFA), la présence militaire, la diplomatie secrète et la commercialisation de sa langue. Mais … le changement est en hausse.

Photo: Macron visitant des étudiants burkinabés (nov 2017) Source: www.mambolook.com/burkina-faso

En faisant des recherches sur le franc CFA, je me suis demandé: pourquoi la France fait-elle tous ces efforts? Et qui en bénéficie? Les sceptiques m’ont dit que 1) la France ne profite guère de l’Afrique francophone…


For more than 50 years, the citizens of 14 francophone countries in Africa are using an outdated French monetary system. They pay the price of it with their democratic rights and wealth, leaving their own countries in poverty. Whereas France is still benefitting from a joint currency they introduced during colonial times. It’s about time for us to change.

Photo: Macron and Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (19 May 2017) — @StephanieT4901

The newly elected President of France — Emmanuel Macron — is to be a promise for change, “lifting France into the 21 stcentury’’: a more modern socio-economic system in France, a new role for France in uniting European Union countries and…


Depuis plus de 50 ans, les citoyens de 14 pays de l’Afrique francophones utilisent un système monétaire français obsolète. Ils en paient le prix avec leurs droits démocratiques et leurs richesses, laissant leur propre pays dans la pauvreté. Alors que la France bénéficie toujours d’une monnaie commune qu’ils ont introduite pendant les temps coloniaux. Il est temps pour nous de changer.

Photo: Macron et Président de Mali’s Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (19 mai 2017) — @StephanieT4901

Le Président nouvellement élu de la France — Emmanuel Macron — doit être une promesse de changement, “ entrer dans le 21e siècle “ : un système socio-économique plus moderne en France, un nouveau rôle pour la France d’unir…


“Misschien gaat de oorlog in Zuid-Sudan nooit voorbij. Maar we kunnen mensen de hulp bieden die ze verdienen: Rust en veiligheid creëren en hen daarmee een stukje waardigheid teruggeven.Voor Defensie naar Zuid-Sudan Door in gesprek te gaan, relaties te onderhouden en te weten wat er speelt. Pas dan kan je tot goede oplossingen komen, bijvoorbeeld tegen seksueel geweld.

Linda Rullens in kamp Juba voor UNMISS (2014). Foto: Linda Rullens

Voor defensie naar Zuid-Sudan

Linda Rullens (37) werkt bij Defensie als teamleider Bewaken & Beveiligen bij het Opleidings-, Trainings- en Kenniscentrum van de Koninklijke Marechaussee. In 2014 werd ze voor 14 maanden uitgezonden voor een VN-missie (UNMISS) in Zuid-Sudan. In Juba…


1803 — Haiti was the first free ‘black’ state in a colonised world. After an army of ex-slaves defeated Napoleon’s army — that was said to be the strongest army at the time.

France — supported with USA’s money and arms — did everything to recolonize the country and its sugar cane plantations. As a result of this constant threat, Haiti agreed with the French deal: they would have to pay 150 million francs — yearly — in exchange for France leaving Haiti in peace.

Haiti paid for 122 years, until 1947. The total amount paid to France equals between…


Almost every country in the world (193 in total) agreed at the United Nations in 2015 on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) in the coming 12 years. These goals are about a healthy and liveable conditions for all of us, like access to education, health care and decent work in a clean, healthy and peaceful environment, where all of us have equal rights.

Dutch actions have negative effects elsewhere

Countries usually just look at receivables in their own country. Take the Netherlands for example. The country will probably achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. For its own inhabitants.

Inemarie Dekker

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