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The added value of CIs: more than charity? . Huib Huyse (HIVA-KU Leuven) Workshop – round 1: 30 January 2014. Why is a ‘distinct’ added value important?. Distinguishing it from other type of actors: unique actor? Learning about ‘what is good development cooperation’ for CIs

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The added value of cis more than charity

The added value of CIs: more than charity?

Huib Huyse (HIVA-KU Leuven)

Workshop – round 1: 30 January 2014


Why is a distinct added value important

Why is a ‘distinct’ added value important?

  • Distinguishing it from other type of actors: unique actor?

  • Learning about ‘what is good development cooperation’ for CIs

  • Gradually improving the added value


What is the usp of citizen initiatives arguments related to specific sub groups

What is the USP of citizen initiatives? Arguments related to specific sub-groups

  • Diaspora initiatives

    • Financial remittances

    • Social remittances

    • Trust, reciprocity, solidarity

  • CIs working through or with private sector

    • Win-win

    • Innovative partnerships

  • Institutional CIs (linked with domain-specific orgs)

    • Domain- specific expertise


What is the usp arguments pro cis

What is the USP? Arguments pro CIs

  • Human face: P2P (with passion)

  • Less overhead costs (cost-efficient)

  • Building public support and global citizenship: more than giving

  • Equal partnerships: less paternalistic


What is the usp arguments pro cis 2

What is the USP? Arguments pro CIs (2)

  • Not depending on state funding

  • Direct & visible results

  • Small is beautiful (together reaching out to millons)

  • Personal development/relations for citizens in the North


Arguments against cis

Arguments against CIs?

  • Small scale: fragmentation

  • Big D development: no structural change

  • Working in isolation

  • Over-confidence

  • Framing of development problems: incapable people with needs, parternalism, money is solution

  • Fundraising techniques: charity frames

  • Sustainability

  • Specific programmes: orphanages, wells, ..


Some burning questions

Some burning questions

  • Which arguments do you agree with, which not?

  • Which elements are missing?

  • Is the overal balance positive or negative regarding the ‘added value’?


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