Africa Charity

Why Sending Your Old Clothes to Africa Doesn't Help

Mariah Griffin-Angus | Posted 08.25.2012 | Canada
Mariah Griffin-Angus

Aid and development are deeply complex and there are no easy answers. The physical donations of goods, be it food or clothes, often have negative impacts on the local economy. It would be far better for aid organizations to buy products locally. Aid shouldn't be about making North Americans comfortable with a culture of mass consumption and waste. It has to be actually making the lives of people in the recipient country better.