Aid Workers: Cash is Better Than Goods as Donation

Some aid workers have expressed their dissenting opinions about the recent 1 million shirts campaign, as in-kind donations have been a perennial problem in the aid world. It is better to donate cash rather than goods since financial contributions are easily convertible to address the urgent needs of disaster victims, according to Saundra Schimmelpfennig, a leading expert in the post-2004 tsunami recovery efforts in Thailand. “I think (the campaign is) a marketing ploy from someone who is totally uninterested in helping others. When you actually want your project to have an impact, you listen to criticism … You don’t cling to your original idea with wounded fury and attack the people questioning you,” Alanna Shaikh writes in Blood and Milk.

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  • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.

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