In philanthropy we often cater to donors, accommodating our funders’ areas of preferred giving rather than the actual needs of local communities. We invest in “short term” solutions, give “things” away, advertize quantities and temporary gains, and focus on marketing strategies that reinforce personal empathy and guilt. This in effect blurs public opinion about the actual impact of aid and commonly creates dependencies that, due to a lack of follow-up and faculty, either perpetuate or worsen the circumstances we aspire to improve.
The Band-Aid Solutions Poster aims to animate reflection and direct focus to sustainable and responsible development initiatives. Designed for ITP- INVESTING TIME IN PEOPLE (BETA) a story and lesson sharing platform created by concerned aid professionals who have experienced the sometimes detrimental impact of development work, and aim to influence positive changes in how we approach the social sector.