When we saw the new Oxfam campaign, featuring powerful images of community leaders, change makers, and advocates in developing countries, who have used foreign aid investments in their work, we were impressed.
A country should always be in the driver's seat, making decisions as they arise -- no one knows a road like a local citizen. Helping countries as they learn to drive that road is the goal of capacity building.
Is aid worth it? Does it make a positive difference in the lives of poor people in developing countries? Or is it merely lining the pockets of corrupt officials at a time when more and more western taxpayers are struggling to make ends meet?